Mellow Mushroom is a pizza chain which offers a range of allergy friendly options, in addition to an eclectic design theme. The restaurant started in 1974, is now home to over 150 locations, and is continuing to expand throughout the country.
Mellow Mushroom offers appetizers, salads, pizza calzones, hoagies, and a full drink menu. It is well-known for offering both vegan and gluten-free selections. They have a separate cooking area for GF pizzas, and take measures to prevent cross contamination. A waiter will come out to ensure you received the GF pizza.
All pizzas can be made with a gluten-free crust and/ or dairy-free Daiya mozzarella cheese. Pizza bases include pesto, marinara (vegan/GF), or olive oil & garlic (vegan/GF). A full selection of fruits and veggies, proteins, and meats/seafoods can be added if you choose the create your own pizza selection. In addition, a variety of specialty selections such as a Red Skin Potato Pie, Thai Dye, and Mega Veggie can be selected.
The gluten-free pizza with vegan cheese, the garlic and olive oil sauce, and a few veggies was not very good. The crust was completely burnt, the sauce dried out, and the veggies too sparse. The GF/vegan pizza is not cheap either. 2 pizzas will run you $30 or more, so this is completely unacceptable.
Fortunately, after talking to a manager, we received a $40 gift-card for a return visit. I can only hope that the pizza is better the next time around.
Aside from pizza, the vegan options are a bit limited to a build your own salad. The salad is pretty good with an abundance of veggies, proteins (avocado and tofu are available), and dressings to choose amongst.
The hummus, wings, and stuffed portabello are okay for gluten-free diets. A selection of gluten-free beers is also available.
Our first 2 pizzas were made incorrectly (not vegan), so we had to wait an additional 45 minutes. Despite the major mistake, our waitress was friendly.
The setting at Mellow Mushroom is pretty cool with eclectic lights, art, and plenty of bright colors.
Mellow Mushroom is an option if you need gluten-free/vegan food. In my opinion, pizza is not the best choice for vegan and/or GF diners. It tends to be very overpriced for what you get. I recommend finding another choice in town. The incredibly thin, burnt crust combined with high prices and slow service do not merit a visit.