Some friends brought me here and gave me several recommendations, including the thin crust pizza. However, I love mustard, so I was intrigued by the honey lime mustard that comes on the Hot Ham & Cheese Panini. Tillamook Cheese is always excellent, but the menu gives short shrift to the sandwich by only saying “ham”. The ham had a great smoky flavor and there was plenty of it to taste. The ham went all the way to the edge of the bread. The mustard gave a nice tang. I would definitely order it again. It came with a side salad, so I chose the roasted garlic chipotle dressing. The salad was a nice mix of greens, but maybe it needed more dressing, because I wasn’t able to taste roasted garlic or chipotle. The seating area is very nice with a lot of booths. I was visiting in the building, so I will know to come back here during future visits. You’re not allowed to tip at Ingredient; but since you order cafeteria style and fetch your own food when it’s ready, why would you?
I enjoyed lunch so much, I went to the Plaza location that night for dinner. The staff was a little discombobulated, but finally someone was able to take my order. I customized a pizza with roasted garlic oil for the sauce, apple wood smoked bacon, roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts. It took about 20 minutes to bake. If I were to do it again, I’d make a different combination, because the garlic oil overpowered the other ingredients and there wasn’t enough bacon to taste. That was a real disappointment after that fantastic apple wood smoked bacon pizza in New Hampshire. However, the price was very reasonable for the size. The décor is nowhere near as nice as the downtown location and the floor is just plain ugly. It’s a depressing location and I wouldn’t eat at the Plaza location again.
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