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2015 RCT Lawrence Restaurant Bracket: El Mezcal vs Ingredient

(6) El Mezcal vs (11) Ingredient

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(6) El Mezcal

El Mezcal claims "Authentic recipes, delicious food, and relaxed Mexican-style atmosphere."  Yelp, can you confirm?:

I've been eating at El Mezcal since they opened in 1998. Good food, good drinks, good atmosphere. It can get a little noisy at times but that's just because everyone is having a great time. Get the white queso dip and a margarita. You will love it.


(11) Ingredient

Well, I have been to Ingredient, just not the one in Lawrence.  They only have four locations - Lawrence, Omaha, Leawood (KS), and Columbia (yes, that one).  I mean... it was OK.  It was a little pretentious for my liking - or at least the clientele (in Leawood) were.  Kinda like a Panera in Johnson County, but worse.  Also, $9 for a Caesar salad?  Criminy.  And that doesn't include any chicken.  Don't get me wrong, it was tasty.  But that's an expensive lunch.