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Mellow Mushroom September 25, 2009

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Mmmmmmmmm

Mmmmmmmmm, cardboard

My first post about Mellow Mushroom did not include pizza.  That is basically blasphemy, but I’m remedying it now.  Mellow Mushroom makes the best cheese-less pizza I have ever had.  It’s better than pizza I make myself at home with fake cheese.  It’s WAY better than anything Pizza Hut will deliver to your house, with their paltry amount of toppings.  Just writing this post is driving me crazy and I really think I will need to go to the ‘shroom immediately upon its completion.  Plus, they have spring water dough, says the adorable mushroom on the box, and I don’t think he would lie to me.

Behold, my custom creation

Behold, my custom creation

This is my masterpiece.  I recommend you build your own pizza at the ‘shroom to ensure maximum deliciousity.  First, be sure to tell your server that you do not want butter or parmesan on the crust.  Usually, when you say “no butter or parmesan on the crust,” the server will say something like “make it vegan, got it.”  And then I always feel warm and fuzzy inside.  Your results may vary.  Next, you have to choose a base.  Here is the magic rule to have the best pizza ever: DO NOT order red sauce.  You may be clutching your chest or falling out of your chair in shock, but trust me on this.  The reason you don’t want to order red sauce is because when they bake the pizza, the crust and sauce will get dry.  It won’t be as good as it could be.  If you have your heart set on marinara-y goodness, ask them to put the sauce on the pizza after it is baked (it will still be warm because that’s how they store it) or just get a dish of it on the side for dipping/pouring purposes.  So what do you get on your pizza if you don’t get red sauce?  You get olive oil & garlic.  It’s vegan.  And it’s heaven.  A little bit of heaven in a (pizza) pie.

After that, go nuts with the toppings.  The pizza above includes green peppers, mushrooms (duh), onions, roma tomatoes, spinach, and BBQ tofu.  Yes, BBQ tofu.  They also have regular tofu (but why get that when there’s BBQ?) and tempeh, for those of you who prefer your protein fermented.  I highly recommend this particular combination and being amazing, but the pizzas are practically infinitely customizable.

The other thing about Mellow Mushroom that is amazing?  The beer club.  This is a relatively new facet to the ‘shroom experience, and of course I am a member.  They give you this little plastic card, and if you drink 60 different beers, you will get a special 20 oz. mug that will be yours forevermore (they store it at the bar, no taking it home) so from then on you get larger drafts.  Larger drafts, my friends!  You also get your name on a plaque and a t-shirt.  And we all need clothes, right?  They also have a truly fantastic selection, and since they change out the taps pretty often, you can try a lot of different brews.  My current favorite: Yazoo Sly Rye Porter.  Drink it; you can thank me later.  Oh, and happy hour is from 3 – 8 Monday through Thursday and all day Sunday, and you get half off all drafts, which makes their already reasonable beer prices a total steal.  Genius!

Bringing joy to my life one slice at a time

Bringing joy to my life one slice at a time

Mellow Mushroom

212 21st Ave S

Nashville, TN 37203

Website – there’s a special discount code available here, good for 10% off food until October 1, so hurry!

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ETA: On a recent visit, when I ordered BBQ Tofu as a topping, my server mentioned she did not think it was vegan.  She went into the kitchen to check and, alas, the BBQ sauce contains dairy.  I hate it when this kind of thing happens.  Seriously.

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Mellow Mushroom August 21, 2009

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Salad and Hummus

Salad and Hummus

I might as well tell you now that I go to Mellow Mushroom a lot.  And I mean A LOT.  So expect to see multiple Mellow Mushroom posts.  I wasn’t very hungry on this trip to the ‘shroom, so I didn’t have much, but usually I enjoy a hearty vegan feast.  They have all kinds of vegan food, and you have the ability to customize stuff to your heart’s content, so everyone can really enjoy eating here.  If you order a pizza, make sure to ask for no butter or parmesan on the crust.  The dough is otherwise vegan.  Avoid the pesto and the portobello mushrooms (they’re basted in garlic butter; I learned this the hard way).  For salad dressing, stick to the balsamic or herb vinaigrettes.  All you have left to do is enjoy!  They have tofu, barbecue tofu, and tempeh, which is just totally awesome.  Also, happy hour is from 3:00 – 8:00 Monday through Thursday, and all day Sunday.  They have half-price drafts, and the beer selection is seriously awesome.  They even have Yazoo Hop Project and Sly Rye Porter, two extremely excellent choices.  They’re apparently starting a beer club, where you can get your name on a plaque for drinking all the different beers.  Mellow Mushroom is awesome.

Hummus

Hummus

Some of my friends are really picky about hummus.  Not me!  I think this hummus is awesome, but my friend Claire makes her own at home and has lived in Egypt and would probably look down upon the lowly Mellow Mushroom hummus, but I find it delicious (P.S. I love you Claire!).  That being said, I get hummus almost every single time I go to the ‘shroom.  What I really love about their hummus is the pita: it is always warm and soft and fantastic.  I need to figure out how to make the pita I eat at home have the same texture as this.  Seriously.  It is good.  Put it in your mouth.

Lil Tossed Salad

Lil Tossed Salad

The Lil Tossed Salad is just what it sounds like . . . a small garden salad.  They have fancier salads, but I wanted something simple.  The best part of this particular salad was the tomatoes–they tasted super fresh and really hit the spot.  I had balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  My only complaint about Mellow Mushroom salads is the limited vegan dressing selection.  Seriously, I get bored with eating balsamic vinaigrette all the time.  My favorite salad to get here is a make-my-own with my favorite veggies and grilled tofu.  YUM!

Mellow Mushroom remains one of my favorite restaurants in Nashville, and I will continue to eat there practically constantly.  It’s really getting out of control as one of the waiters actually recognizes me every time I come in.  Expect to see more posts with other food from here.  And beer!  Hooray beer!

Mellow Mushroom

212 21st Ave S

Nashville, TN 37203

615.342.0044

Website

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