Ingredient opened its fourth location on Monday at 1111 Main Street, in the downtown space formerly occupied by the Mango Room.
The fast-casual restaurant's concept is defined in the "formulate satisfaction" slogan from the sign: In addition to an expansive menu of salads, sandwiches, soups and pizza, Ingredient offers salads and pizzas made-to-order from a bevy of options.
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Salads on the menu run from $7.95 (caesar) to $10.95 (Tuna Nicoise with grilled ahi tuna). Grilled sandwiches are $7.95 (Portobella Melt, portobella mushrooms and brie cheese) to $9.95 (Peppercorn Steak, pepper crusted steak with a bacon blue cheese sauce). The Main Street location also offers four soups made daily ($3 for a cup, $4.50 for a bowl), which can be turned into a half-soup, half-sandwich combo ($8.95).
But the main attraction is the custom salads and pizzas. Salads run $8.95 with an additional $2-$4 for the protein of your choice (falafel to blackened ahi to pulled red chili turkey). That includes two greens, five ingredients (for example: spiced anjou pears, smoked bacon, parmesan cheese, spicy cashews, and sun dried cranberries), and a choice of dressing (tatziki to mango cider vinaigrette).
Made-to-order pizzas ($9.95) are topped with a three cheese blend, a choice of sauce and three ingredients (chorizo, soy mozzarella, and grilled pineapple is one possible new-age take on a Hawaiian).
The new location on Main Street is open from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday.
just two years, Ingredient has expanded from its original Lawrence
space; the downtown location joins a restaurant in Columbia, Missouri, and a new space at the Park Place development in
The fifth restaurant in the locally owned
chain is scheduled to open in January of 2010 at 4807 Jefferson Street
on the Plaza -- the former home of Meiners Plaza Market.