Over the weekend I had my first dining experience at the Mellow Mushroom in downtown Denver. When I first heard of this restaurant I didn’t realize that it was actually a chain, and though my wife and I don’t often choose to eat at chain restaurants we decided to give it a try anyway when I found out it was a chain. I must say that I’m glad we did give it a try. It was a great dining experience. We arrived late in the afternoon on Sunday carrying our newly born son in his car seat. We were offered our choice of table or booth, and when I couldn’t get the car seat to fit in the booth we decided on a table. The hostess gladly dropped off a high chair to use to hold the car seat.
Immediately upon entering the restaurant I noticed all the beer taps on display in the bar. Even after hearing from our server that Coors Light was on special, we couldn’t resist ordering tastier beers from the menu. I had a Dale’s Pale Ale (one of my favorite pales) and my wife had the Sam Adams Winter Lager. Since we hadn’t had lunch yet, we decided to order an appetizer, a half order of pretzels served with garlic butter and parmesan on top along with a side of marinara. The pretzels were very good and I would definitely order them again, though they appear to be the exact same as their pizza crusts.
I decided to try the Kosmic Karma pizza with red sauce, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, feta, Roma tomatoes and a pesto swirl. My wife opted for the Funky Q Chicken with BBQ chicken, mozzarella, cheddar, caramelized onions, applewood smoked bacon and a BBQ sauce swirl. Both of these pizzas were excellent! After splitting the 3 pretzel appetizer I could only manage to eat half of the 10″ pizza and my wife could only conquer one piece of pizza (equivalent to a quarter of the 10″). I was happy to take the leftovers home for lunches this week. We will definitely return to sample more of their great pizza selections and perhaps even the tempting list of hoagies.