New Year, New You: Mellow Mushroom offering a new menu for the health conscious
Author: Kate Hanzalik | Photographer: john brackett
After six years in business, the owners of Mellow Mushroom have decided to spice things up a bit with a delectable new menu that offers a range of items for the health conscious and for those looking for culinary adventure. They’ve taken pizza, apps, soups, salads and sandwiches to the next level with bright ideas that will tempt all palates, all appetites.
“I would say it is an expansion and enhancement of our menu in order to appeal to a wider base of our customers,” said Kim Boyce, co-owner of the local franchise in Park Plaza who launched the new menu in early October. “People love it.”
Pizza has always been way more than just sheets of cheese, tomatoes and dough at Mellow Mushroom, but they’ve kicked it up a notch with options such as the Philosopher’s Pie, which is piled high with steak, portabella mushrooms, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, provolone, feta and mozzarella cheeses with an oil and garlic base. The Caesar! Caesar! is another dazzling pizza, which features pesto chicken, provolone, mozzarella and feta cheeses, topped with a fresh Caesar salad and Roma tomatoes with an olive oil and garlic base.
If those options aren’t enticing enough, don’t worry, there’s lots more. Hungry patrons are sure to be wowed by The Brutus, a new a Caesar salad, loaded with jerk or teriyaki chicken add-ons. And those disciplined enough to delight in vegetables can build their own salads with a variety of fresh greens, fruits and lean meats such as herb vinaigrette chicken, turkey and steak. Mix and match with a base salad for $3.50, veggie choices for $.95 to $1.90 each, choice of cheese for $1.25 to $2 each, and a choice of protein for $2-$3 each, and take your pick of new and classic dressings such as Esperanza or Herb Vinaigrette.
“I know that everybody will have their New Year’s resolution in January, so I think we’ll be a good place to come to,” said Boyce.
The Jerk Chicken Hoagie is looking good with new ingredients such as green peppers, spinach and feta and pesto. The Portabella and Cheese Hoagie is now certainly more than its name implies. It’s loaded with artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, spinach, feta and garnished with sprouts. It’s “big enough to wear on your head,” according to the menu.
Looking for smaller portions? Choose from delectable appetizers such as low-carb portabella mushrooms stuffed with artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, spinach and feta cheese topped with mozzarella. The menu also now features a new meatball skewer with fresh mozzarella and basil.
“The Bruschetta is selling like crazy,” said Boyce of the new appetizer. “It’s made fresh every day.” She added that their tortilla soup and tomato bisque soups are selling like hot cakes—perfect for those looking to warm up during the winter.
Football fans will be excited to know that wings have been added to the extensive list of inexpensive fare. Choose among hot, mild, barbecue, naked and jerk wings, priced at five for $4.50 or 10 for $8.50.
As for the decision to update the menu, that is in part because of suggestions from the customers and a lot of testing and tasting. “There’s always room for growth,” said Boyce. But she also said she’s happy about the way things are going right now. “Our business continues to grow; we’ve been very fortunate. Even in a down year, things have been up for us.”
Boyce said the key to their success is their emphasis on food offered at a good price and loyal customers.
“Vacationing regulars come in and say they’re glad to be back; they bring in families and friends,” she said. “It’s kind a of a home away from home.”
And traditional Mellow Mushroom fans, have no fear. Longstanding favorites will remain the same. “We know people still like the old stuff, so we can make that too,” said Boyce, naming classic items including the cheese and pepperoni pizzas, the Might Meaty, the Vegetarian, and the Kosmic Karma, which is a pie drenched with delicious sundried tomatoes, spinach, feta, fresh tomatoes and pesto.
Bar specials are stellar with $1.50 pizza slices, $1 off any draught beer and $3 well drinks. The bar also hosts Wednesday night trivia with gift certificates for the winners. Celebration card holders receive 10 percent off.
While the menu is enhanced, Mellow Mushroom’s philosophy hasn’t changed one bit: “We really focus on freshness,” said Boyce.
Stop by Mellow Mushroom at 33 Office Park Road or call for take out: (843) 686-2474. For more information visit mellowmushroom.com. Catering options are available. Venturing off the island? Mellow Mushroom is also located on West Liberty Street in Savannah.