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304 S. 9th St.
No. 101
Columbia  Missouri  65201
United States
(573) 442-1503
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Kendra L. Williams
A relatively new Midwest chain of chef-owned restaurants successfully mixes affordable, fresh ingredients with a hip college-town atmosphere.

We'll admit, we were famished when we pulled off of Interstate-70 to eat lunch at nearly 3 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. So it's possible just about anything would've tasted good. Still, we think the 75-ingredient behind-the-counter salad bar in the open kitchen was quite possibly one of the most colorful and tempting we've seen. You know a place has promise when the menu teems with pizzas, panini and chocolate fondue, but you still strongly consider sating hunger with a salad. College students staff the mod spot, which has high ceilings, exposed ductwork, big windows facing the street and seating for about 100. Service on our midafternoon visit was friendly but slow (and it's a walk-up counter!). We decided on a lean and juicy bison burger ($7.95) with sweet potato fries ($2.50) and a salmon BST (applewood-smoked bacon, spinach and tomato, a tasty $10.95 spin on the traditional sandwich) served with grilled-then-chilled veggies. The servers somehow misunderstood "bison burger" for "walleye sandwich" and delivered the wrong order (but apologized profusely, immediately threw a burger on the grill and offered us $5 off on our next visit). The sweet potato fries we munched on during the meantime were warm, dusted with kosher salt and limp. The third-pound burger, when it arrived, came topped with diced sauteed onions, diced roasted red pepper and crumbled Gorgonzola that had started melting into a gooey pond of goodness. Balsamic dressing drizzled the pretty-plated salmon BST; we would probably ask them to skip tomatoes in February next time, but the salmon, the thick-sliced bacon and the spinach all sang with flavor. Smokiness enveloped the grilled and chilled broccoli, onions, red peppers and zucchini; they were good, but we would've preferred them warm. In all, $23 for this lunch for two seemed reasonable despite the missteps. We would go there again, and we would expect similar experiences at Ingredient's other locations in Kansas City; Omaha; Lawrence, Kansas; and Manhattan, Kansas.

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