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“Mellow Out!”
Review of Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom
Ranked #18 of 1,608 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: After-hours
Description: Mellow Mushroom's menu showcases natural flavors and the freshest of ingredients in a creative menu assortment of pizzas, hoagies, salads, calzones, appetizers and vegetarian and vegan options. Gluten free crust and a kids menu are also available. Fantastic pizza and 40 taps with some great local brews. We also cater on order of $150+ within 20 minutes of Carytown.
Richmond, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
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“Mellow Out!”
Reviewed 9 June 2013

Yes, it's a chain, yes it's pizza, yes it's similar to several other pizza specialty restaurants out there. Still, this "fungi" (oh, it lends itself to so many puns, doesn't it?) says that there is a lot to like about Mellow Mushroom's first entry into the Richmond area, in the old Plan 9 space in Carytown, the only place in Richmond where it pays to learn how to parallel park. First of all, the craft beers available rival any local restaurant, so here again is another place to sample some fun and tasty beverages (or to take some home in a growler, a beer enthusiast's best friend). Of course, beer always tastes better with pizza (usually) and the varieties of specialty pizzas are fun and generous in size, even for a small. A couple could easily do an appetizer and a small pie and be completely satisfied in their frugality.
The one complaint I had (and I had this with another restaurant) is with their recipe for beer cheese. Maybe it's me, but my recollection of beer cheese is not a fondue-type semi-liquid substance, but more of a hearty, spreadable and sharp compliment to crackers and breads that actually tastes like it's made with beer. This was not beer cheese, although the amount of pretzels you get in a whole order is enough to feed a hungry party of ten quite easily, so go for the half order if you are a small group. The pizza sizes are generous for the small, so don't let the 12 -13 dollar price scare you off, you will not feel it's a ripoff. We tried several outstanding varieties, like the Mighty Meaty - pepperoni, bacon, sausage, ground beef, and ham with enough to have all in one bite in spots. Also recommended is the Mellowterranean, their "Greek" with a side of tzatziki sauce, the heavy but tasty Bayou Blue, basically cheese covered Jambalaya, and, of course, you can make any pizza special and take care of those with allergies to gluten (they have a whole dedicated page to this allergy) or dairy quite well. Although, I'll pass on the dairy free cheese...
So all in all, I think more of these Mellow Mushrooms will be sprouting up (hey, you knew it was coming) here in the RVA very soon based on the popularity and quality of the first MM in the area. It's a chain without the chain feel, friendly waitstaff, a clean and fun interior with plenty to keep the kids interested and happy, and above all else, good food and drink served at a reasonable price. So Mellow out and have fun! Or do what other pizza lovers have been doing for decades, get it to go!

  • Visited June 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
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“Fun and Funky”
Reviewed 5 June 2013

So if you have been to a Mellow Mushroom, you know what to expect. Funky decor, lots of beers and delicious pizzas. If you havent been, you need to try one ASAP. They are definetly one of the more fun chain restaurants and if you like pizza or beer, worth popping in. FOr lunch, you can order by the slice which turns out to be a pretty solid deal. For dinner, the have pizza's (small, medium and large), sandwiches and calzones. I will be honest, I think the prices are too high for a regular pizza place, but you are paying for the experience of being in a crazy, busy, loud and ridiculous place.

TL;DR: great pizza, fun and loud but more of a once in a blue moon/for a drink spot because of the price

  • Visited June 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
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“I've been waiting a long time..”
Reviewed 31 May 2013

There have been rumors of Mellow Mushroom coming to Carytown forever and its finally here. They turned the old Plan 9 into an open concept restaurant with a huge bar and lots of cool art on the walls. There is also a tribute to Plan 9 on the wall on the left which was very cool of them to do. I went to Mellow with some friends for lunch. We all ordered the lunch special which was 2 pieces of pizza with one topping and then we added a small house salad. The place was packed for lunch but the service was great. The pizza came out in a timely manner and it was nice and cripsy the way I like pizza. We also had a order of bruschetta for the table and that was delicious especially the bread it was served on. I cant wait to come back with my wife and little daughter or even some buddies for some beers; the bar is huge and has lots of great beers on tap. The place is also loud enough that no one will hear my daughters screams since she is one year old. I have been the Mellow in Ashville and in Cville and this def lives up to its predecessors. Cant wait to come back and try everything.

  • Visited May 2013
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