(2) Cielto Lindo Mexican Restaurant
As far as Mexican restaurants in Lawrence go, I've yet to find one that just blows me away, but Cielto Lindo is definitely a solid offering. In general, the food gets good review, with the exception of their sauces. But the star of the show here is the big patio and the plentiful drinks that really make this a prime spot to bring a large party for a good time.
(15) The Basil Leaf Cafe
Stuck in the corner of a gas station, The Basil Leaf Cafe offers great Italian food without the charming Italian ambiance. But what it lacks in setting, it makes up for with portion size. Most of the entrees are big enough to share, and it's definitely worth trying as much as you can of as many different things as possible. This is by far the best Italian food in Lawrence, and I'm baffled as to how the selection committee decided to seed this place so low. So which of these two will move on to the next round?