Mellow Mushroom 
Mellow Mushroom is franchise. You couldn’t tell that from the outside or in though. It is located in the old Plan 9 space and fits the Carytown vibe perfectly. The interior design feels unique. A fantastic wall mural of vinyl records and audio equipment pays homage to the tenant before them. The beer selection is deep and many local breweries are represented on the draft. Their attention to detail meshed with strong branding is what makes it work. It isn’t just another store front on their map.
The food is on par with the look thankfully. On the Friday we met up with Allison and all partook in the fermented beverages mentioned above. Ethan paired a Apocalypse Sixth Seal Stout with a Bubba’s Bacon Bonanza pizza. A pie piled high with crispy bacon, pulled pork and ham. The only unwelcome topping was BBQ sauce, but that is usually a preference thing and Ethan did not prefer it.
Allison ordered the Kosmic Karma with a Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. A veggie pizza swirled with pesto sauce that made for a good flavor combination. I picked the Red Skin Potato Pie and what I think is now my favorite pale ale, Stone IPA. My pizza was nearly perfect. It was topped with roasted potatoes, bacon, caramelized onions and a swirl of spicy ranch. The texture was in perfect balance with flavors. Tart and savory. Salty and sweet. All three of our pies came of the same seasoned crust, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. It was crunchy and warm, you could serve dirt on it and see smiling satisfied faces.
Overall we had a great time at Mellow Mushroom. The atmosphere was welcoming and the beer selection was varied, local and of a high quality. The pies mostly err towards the boutique, but they do have more traditional pizza on offer. The only caution I would lend was the price. With beers in the mix and personal pies that all danced around $12 a piece it was not a cheap meal. Do with that as you will, but we will be going back.
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