Crushed Red Opens In Creve Coeur


They call it an “Urban Bake and Chop Shop.” I call it a pizza joint with great salads. In either case, Crushed Red has opened its newest location in Creve Coeur at 11635 Olive Boulevard.

Crushed Red has locations in Clayton and Kirkwood. Coming soon to O’Fallon (Missouri), as well as Columbia and Kansas City. Crushed Red is going national with six stores planned for Denver—the first opens August 17. (They also have Michigan locations on their horizon.)

Crushed Red pizzas begin with their special crusts, shown below.

crustsYou can choose from a list of pizzas whose toppings combinations are preset.

Or you can craft your own pizza. Your sauce choice, a cheese selection and a couple of vegetable toppings are included in the 6.25 cost. Meat and fish toppings are mostly priced at 1.50 or 2.00 extra.

Your pizza then goes into one of their special ovens (shown below) and is cooked in—no kidding—90 seconds!

ovensAnd here are the delicious results:

tomato pizza

My pizzaNow, about the salads. (The Chop Shop part of the story.) Again, you can choose from salads on the menu or you can craft your own with a huge number of items to include (as well as ten different dressings to choose from).

The Crushed Red crew chops the salads with a double-handled mezzaluna knife.The goal is to include a bit of everything that’s in your salad in every bite.



Crushed Red also has three different soups each day as well as hummus, warm artichoke spread and warm herbed goat cheese. Beer and wine are available.

At an event Wednesday (July 15) evening at the new Creve Coeur location, I spoke to Chris Larocca who is one of the owners and the creative force behind Crushed Red about the concept and upcoming growth. He said that Crushed Red has made very few refinements since opening their first location over three years ago. (Audio runs 4:16.)

For more information about Crushed Red, click HERE to go to their website.



Throw Back (A Cocktail or Two) Thursdays at The Ritz

Beginning July 16, on Thursday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, The Lobby Lounge will step back into the days of Prohibition for Barrels, Bourbon and the Bee’s Knees.

For fans of classic cocktails and nostalgia, here’s your fun! There’s no cover, no reservation required.


For each week’s event, The Lobby Lounge lighting will dim to replicate historic Edison light bulb levels, and vintage cocktails will be created throwback-style. Beverage offerings will include the Bees Knees — influenced by the honey, lemon and orange initially used to mask the taste of Prohibition’s “bathtub gin,” as well as the Mary Pickford, the Champagne-based French 75, and the Ward 8, shaken with rye.


The signature drink for the Ritz’s Prohibition nights will be a classic Manhattan, prepared in 1930s style using beakers and pipettes, and featuring Missouri’s own Defiance Rye Bourbon along with sweet vermouth, house-crafted orange-infused bitters, bourbon-marinated cherries and lemon juice.



Prohibition nights will continue each Thursday evening at the Ritz through August. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is located at 100 Carondolet Plaza in Clayton.

Bud And Burgers Championship July 11


You have seen the TV spots that tout Budweiser as the beer to enjoy with a great burger. Now you have a chance to taste the top burgers in the U.S. and enjoy them with a Bud!


Budweiser has been conducting a nationwide contest to pick the best burger to go with your Bud. The champion will be chosen Saturday, July 11 at the A-B brewery in St. Louis. The event will feature an appearance by celebrity chef David Chang (pictured below) who will serve as one of the judges.


Tickets for the Bud And Burgers Championship are on sale now for $20/person ($25 on day of event). To order click HERE. You can sample burgers from all ten semifinalists. You can enjoy Budweiser Signature Draught samples at a frosty 32 degrees. And you can take a selfie with the Clydesdales. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. 


The Esquire Network will be filming at the brewery as part of the new show, “The Next Great Burger.” The winner of the Bud & Burgers Championship Finale will also be featured on the show.

Live music will be provided by Matt Stillwell.