Thursday, April 2, 2009

Mellow Mushroom

College town pizza meets perfection at Mellow Mushroom.

For the after-five crowd, there are plenty of empty tables and happy hour beer prices. If it rains beers are half price. A huge sign by the bar says it is so. (I would love a framed print of that sign.) The draft beer selection is extensive. One time a bartender explained that the beer even tastes better at mellow mushroom because the lines are cleaned out every three days. I don't know if this is true anymore, but it sounds good. Also, Guinness is from heaven at the Mellow Mushroom.

Depending on what you're looking for, you may want to avoid late night. There sometimes aren't enough seats to go around. Trivia night is especially popular. On warm days, their outdoor seating offers some of the only patio dining on the corner, although it's not the old corner. Michael's Bistro's balcony will always be the best.

Having found the Kosmic Karma pizza, I've never veered from it. It's as heavy a vegetarian pizza as you can get. Half a small is definitely a meal. The crust is incredible. I'm partial to the thin crust sparseness of a slice of Christian's, but there's a place for bloated calorie-packed Mellow pies.

Even without the psychedelic trappings, Mellow Mushroom would do well in any college town.

1321 W Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 972-9366

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