Ingredients is located in the lobby of the Westin hotel, right across from Fountain Square. The menu has not changed much in four years, and why should it? The restaurant is insanely popular for downtown office workers during lunch. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the line for their salad bar is impressively long. And while salads are nice and all, I say skip the line (and the wait!) and get yourself my favorite sandwich, the turkey club panini.
You may be tempted to get one of their cooked-to-order pizzas, which are also pretty good, but trust me, order the panini. Turkey, smoky bacon, tomato, avocado, herbed mayo and mozzarella are all pressed between two pieces of generously buttered wheat bread until the mozzarella is melty and gooey and the bread is crackly crisp. This is a sandwich I crave on chilly afternoons. It's warm, comforting, tasty, and just the right size for a lunch. If the weather's nice, get it to-go and eat out on the Square.
21 East 5th Street, Cincinnati OH 45202
About the author: Laura Arnold is a Southern native living in Cincinnati with a weakness for barbecue and a small cheese problem (that there's never enough room in the refrigerator for it all). You can follow her adventures with her husband David on their blog, Cincinnati Nomerati, or on Twitter at @cincynomerati.