Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mellow Mushroom

After watching several people post on Facebook that they had really long waits at Mellow Mushroom, I was beginning to worry about setting up plans for a birthday dinner there for my friend Beth.

So I decided to play it smart and headed down there early with the "No Wait" phone app ready to go. Even though the former Growler's looks a million times better with the new building, neon colors, and paved parking lot, the lot was already completely filled by 6pm. So I did what I normally would do when visiting Growler's, park across Lindbergh in the strip mall parking lot.

As soon as I got close to the restaurant, I clicked my place in line using the "No Wait" app. By the time I finally parked and walked up to the counter to check-in, I already had moved up a few spots!

Thanks to the app, our wait was probably only 15-20 minutes and we got to sit down even though we were missing a couple of people in our party. Again, going early worked in our favor as we had to wait longer than usual for our server to initially greet us. Our server apologized and it was easy to see that she was doing the best she could among all the chaos.

By the time we got our drinks and "munchies" ordered, our other guests started to arrive.

At least you can use the long wait time to review the menu because there is a lot to choose from. I was impressed with the long list of items under "munchies", not to mention hoagies and calzones in addition to the pizza. There is even a lengthy local beer list too!

We started off with the hummus and pretzel bites...

Hummus with soft pita bread
As she dropped off the pretzel bites, the server said these were her favorite. The pretzels were so soft!! They're actually dough twisted into pretzels. Of course we got the beer cheese on the side.

Pretzel Bites
But we were there for pizza! It totally lived up to the hype.

We tried one of the unique flavors selected by Beth, the Thai Dye, and it really had a curry taste thanks to the Thai chili sauce.

Thai Dye
And since we had THE STLVegGirl with us, we also tried a vegan (Daiya cheese) Mega-Veggie pizza. (Veggie pizza is my favorite flavor so I can avoid the greasiness of the meat pizzas.)

Check out the CHUNKS of veggies everywhere! Sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, black olives, Roma tomatoes, broccoli, banana peppers, artichoke hearts and tofu.

Wait a few more months, but definitely keep this high on your list, especially if you got kids.


Mellow Mushroom =

Photos by Patience Scanlon

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