In most towns in the United States, there is a pizza shop on every corner and everyone has their favorite spot for the perfect pie. Most chains are mass produced with the same product with pretty standard toppings- your cheese, pepperoni or onions variety. However, we have found a place that makes a great pizza and caters to individuals as opposed to the mass population. Gluten-free? No problem. Vegetarian? No problem. Vegan? No problem.
We begin every visit to Mellow Mushroom with the greatest little rounds of bread I have ever tasted- the Garlic Balls. They are crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle, baked with butter and sprinkled with cheese. They literally melt in your mouth. And I mean literally. Chad and I fight over them. We have to remember to always order our own plate of them. We just can’t play nice and share when it comes to these.
Though we have had their pizza on numerous occasion we both decided on hoagies this visit. Chad went for the Avocado Hoagie– a toasted roll filled with seasoned avocado slices, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, provolone and a very light layer of mayonnaise. It is then topped with alfalfa sprouts for an extra veggie kick. He really loved it. So light and healthy but hearty and filling.
I went for the Righteous Portobello Rueben. A sandwich with grilled portobello mushrooms, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on a toasted rye hoagie roll. The bread really made this one- I didn’t even know rye hoagie rolls even existed (I haven’t found one in a store yet.) I am a big fan of a good Rueben sandwich and I am so happy Mellow Mushrooom makes a version for the Vegetarians of the world.
Mellow Mushroom gets huge bonus points for us. They do not leave out Vegetarians or Vegans. We don’t get just cheese and veggies to choose from here. If you are Vegan they offer Diaya cheese. There are proteins like seasoned tempeh and tofu. Chad and I each ordered a slice of pizza (offered during lunch hours) and I added broccoli and tempeh to mine. The tempeh was seasoned up like sausage and was a most excellent addition to my slice. It was unbelievably delicious.
Chad didn’t fare so well with his slice. His request was simple, just cheese with green peppers and onions. While we understand they most likely have a plain cheese pizza they serve individual slices from, it seems like his cheese pizza was heated up and the veggies were added as an afterthought. The veggies were definitely not warmed up with the pizza slice and were thrown on before it left the kitchen.
However, Chad’s slice excluded, Mellow Mushroom is one of our favorite pizza destinations both here in Orlando and when we travel. There is one location each in the states of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and Nebraska and the majority of the other restaurants are found in the Southeastern United States, including three here in the Orlando metro.
Whatever you do, DO NOT pass up the garlic balls.