Restaurant Review: Mellow Mushroom

We had the opportunity to attend Friends & Family Night at Mellow Mushroom. I’ve known about the restaurant opening for a since last summer when we printed the blueprints for the owner at work. Mellow Mushroom is at Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville. In the spot that used to be a dark & dingy Bennigan’s.

1604914_10206071005323320_3869619752573494298_nMellow Mushroom is anything but dark & dingy! The ceilings are at least twice as high as Bennigan’s, the decor is full of bright colors, and the music is really fun! The bar has a large Herky statue, a large cow-shaped disco ball spins over the dining room and there are large Space Invaders cutouts on the wall.

If you’re not familiar with Mellow Mushroom, they’re a chain that started in Georgia with the mission of making good pizza to drink with cold beer. Speaking of beer, their beer list is quite overwhelming. There are pages of bottled beers to choose from and a long list of draught beers, too. I had a Fat Tire for the first time and was pleasantly surprised! As far as food, Mike and I ordered the Kosmic Karma pizza. It had feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and Roma tomatoes with a pesto swirled on top. Sound delicious? It was!

I would definitely go back! A definite thumbs up.



We took a break from our Paleo Diet and had deep dish pizza for dinner tonight with sausage, pepperoni and black olives. It was delicious! It was also take & bake from Costco. Mmmm. Plus, with a price of $10 we just couldn’t go wrong!


Note to fellow Costco members: Their sushi is gross.

p. 98: White Pizza with Spinach and Garlic

“No red tomato sauce-y pizza – change is good, you know? And if you kept a pizza crust in the freezer like I told you to at the beginning of this book, you’d be about 14 minutes from eating right now. But nooooooooo, you had to do it your own way, didn’t you? Well, what are you going to do now, hotshot?
-Sam the Cooking Guy

Saute 10-oz spinach and 3 cloves of roughly chopped garlic until the spinach is nice and wilted.

Sprinkle 3 ounces feta cheese over a ready-made pizza crust brushed with olive oil. Top with the spinach & garlic, then add slices of provolone and 1 c. mozzarella cheese. Bake 12-15 minutes at 425-degrees.

Serve in wedges. Yum.

p.126: Spicy Chinese Chicken Pizza

I could say this recipe is a lot like me: “Sweet, spicy, Asiany – it has it all” but that would be corny. Those ARE the words that Sam uses to describe this recipe: the first entry for this blog. From the outside, it looks like a BBQ chicken pizza you could get just about anywhere. However, after taking one bite “WOW!” was Mike’s response. Definite repeat potential. It would also be good cut into smaller slices for an appetizer.

This recipe is from the chapter “The Deli Roasted Chicken” but since I needed chicken broth for a recipe to come I just bought a whole chicken and put it in the crock pot with some onions and water to cover it. When I got home from work, I had cooked chicken for at least 2 recipes plus broth for later!