Where We're Dining: Crushed Red
By Catherine Neville
Many of us rush through our workday lunch, stomaching fatty processed food or nuking a frozen dinner. Enter Crushed Red, a new fast-casual concept located in the heart of Clayton’s business district that offers food that’s fast, healthy and quite tasty. Place your order and then head down the salad line, where cooks make salads to order. Their mezzalunas are lightning-quick and chop all ingredients together, so even your Welcome Back Cobber has the chicken, avocado, bacon, egg, blue cheese and tomato chopped in with the greens. The dressings are organic and paired perfectly with each salad, which vary from the Emerald Coast (shrimp, bacon, mushroom, cucumber and avocado with roasted red pepper dressing) to the Chipotle BBQ Chicken (pepper Jack cheese, roasted corn and ranch chicken dressed with chipotle barbecue sauce and tortilla strips). Crushed Red’s other specialty is hand-stretched whole-grain “pies” that cook in the time it takes you to make it to the cash register.
Grilled pineapple, prosciutto and caramelized onion top the Big Island – and our springtime pick is the pie sporting blistered corn, a basil pesto and tender asparagus. Crushed Red isn’t just for lunch though – it is open for dinner and offers a small, but nice, selection of wine and beer.