Mellow Mushroom is a unique pizza chain which offers a range of allergy friendly options, in an eclectically designed dining room. The restaurant opened its' first location in 1974, and has since expanded to include over 150 locations.
Mellow Mushroom offers appetizers, salads, pizza, calzones, hoagies, and a full drink menu. This chain 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 ordered. Check the menu as specialities vary throughout the year.
The gluten-free pizza we ordered with vegan cheese, 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 also quite pricey. 2 small 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. Update: on our next visit, the food was considerably better.
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. Update: As of 2023, Mellow Mushroom now offers vegan pretzel bites served with yellow mustard.
The hummus, wings, and stuffed portabella 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 inconvenience, our waitress was friendly.
The setting at Mellow Mushroom is pretty cool with eclectic lights, art, and plenty of bright colors. The design is very funky and a bit hippy-ish.
Mellow Mushroom is a decent 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. However, if you are set on pizza, Mellow Mushroom is one of your best bets.