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You Are Invited To:

Click on the pic to visit their website.

WHO:

Michelle

WHERE:

Clayton

WHEN:

Lunch

THE EXPERIENCE:

Trendy pizza dining at its finest. They call themselves an “urban bake and chop shop”. What is that, you ask? Well, they’re located in an urban environment-ish, they bake their pizza in these cool rotating cookers which fit multiple pizzas (hence their oblong shape), and they chop their salads to all heck with giant curved machetes.  The long lunch line is a bit intimidating, but it goes very quickly.  These people know what they are doing to speed through a growing line of St. Louis’s hungry business professionals.  Check out the menu on the flat screen while you wait and change your mind fifty times. You want to make your dining experience a tid bit more fancy, get you some wine.

WHAT YOU GET:

Gourmet pizzas and chopped salads cooked and chopped to order.  I should have peeped out the menu online first so I could have made a solid, confident attack on my virgin visit.

Warm Herb Goat Cheese

Michelle’s Rating:

Awesome – A solid starter, or “sharable” as they call it. Super creamy and topped with nuts and fruit, um, yes! Two types of items to transport the cheesy goodness, double yes (pita and some cracker thingy)!

Samurai Chopped Salad (snow peas, red peppers, mandarin oranges, cilantro, cucumber and chinese noodles in a sesame ginger dressing)

Michelle’s Rating:

Awesome. You know how I am a stickler for my ratios and a chopped salad holds a special place in my heart. No cutting, no tossing, and a little bit of all the fixings in every bite, or as they say “a mosaic of fresh ingredients in every forkful”. I am glad I chose this cool, crisp Asian salad to cool off my palette during the fiery attack of my pizza choice.

Chipotle BBQ Chicken Pizza (chipotle bbq, oven-roasted chicken, black beans, roasted corn, caramelized onion and pepper jack)

Michelle’s Rating:

Awesome – Holy Hot! I was fairly warned of the heat, but I stubbornly proceed.  It’s almost too hot to where you lose the flavor. I love all the toppings you can get on their perfectly personal sized pizza, so I will try a “cooler” combo next time. The crust is wonderfully crispy yet chewy, not too much sauce, and the right amount of cheese.

 COME HUNGRY….LEAVE PLOTTING YOUR NEXT PIZZA AND SALAD COMBO

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