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The Scoop: Healthy eats spot, Wicked Greenz, to open in Clayton

May 6th 05:05pm, 2016

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Folks on the go in Clayton will have a new healthy option when Wicked Greenz opens. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, Chris Sedlak, Matt Ratz and chef Justin Haifley are targeting a July open date for the flagship location at 16 N. Central Ave. Wicked Greenz will serve lunch and dinner, focusing on healthy dishes served quickly.

“The people who want to eat healthy have a hard time because they can’t get food that’s fast and consistent,” said Sedlak. “Most of the stuff in the category didn’t have robust flavors or was something you would crave. Thanks to Justin’s talents, we’ve found a way to do that.”

Haifley said he has served as chef for 17 restaurant openings across the country, including his most recent position helming the kitchen at St. Louis’ The Tavern Kitchen & Bar. At Wicked Greenz, Haifley has developed a menu of salads, soups and “grips” (salads wrapped in tortillas). The salads and grips can be ordered with proteins like beef, shrimp, salmon and chicken and are served with dressings. Dishes can be customized, and Haifley lists suggested protein and dressing pairings.

The owners’ unanimous favorite menu item is the Mexicali, a mix of black beans, avocado, red onion, sweet corn, cilantro, pico de gallo, pepper jack cheese, crispy tortilla strips and avocado-lime crema. Haifley suggested pairing it with charred tomato vinaigrette with adobo grilled chicken or blackened shrimp.

Other offerings will take an Asian turn, such as a salad composed of edamame, green onion, bell pepper, almonds, cilantro, wontons and bean sprouts with sesame-soy vinaigrette. Fresh fruit and vegetables will come together in the Sunburst – strawberries, grapes, green apple, toasted almonds, quinoa, parsley, cucumber, broccoli, kale and avocado.

When complete, diners can grab a bite at one of 60 to 70 seats inside or can take in some fresh air at one of a dozen outdoor seats. Meals will be available from a grab-and-go section and via delivery, as well.

Sedlak, Ratz and Haifley are currently in negotiations for four additional locations in the St. Louis area. With planned expansion, all the dressings and soups will be made in a commissary kitchen, which is under construction in University City.

By Kristin Schultz

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