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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mellow Mushroom

Plaudits: None
Neighborhood: Adams-Morgan

The Setup

With three of the four Official Parents of DCWD DV, MV, and MZ in town, a long day behind us, and a sure-to-be-great-but-costly reservation at MintwoodPlace ahead of us the day after, Official Co-Writer/Fiancee of DCWD Texas and I needed a quick and inexpensive dinner to finish off a good parents’ session. We settled on the food everyone could agree upon: pizza, at Adams-Morgan’s Mellow Mushroom.

The Vibe

Mellow Mushroom, a chain based out of Atlanta, is the latest in Adams-Morgan and pizza (the neighborhood, of course, being famous for the dual jumbo slice icons: Jumbo Slice and Pizza Mart). That being said, it aspires to be a wee bit classier than those two institutions, and the décor reflects that. Much like most of the establishments on that block, the space is long and segmented, starting with a patio out front; then a bar area with high-tops; then long communal tables and half-booths and full booths in the dining area in the back; and an upstairs patio up top. The space is portrays a feeling of dank-dark (as opposed to dim-dark), mostly a product of the exposed brick and dark and old wooden floors, with the occasional brightness coming from lights projecting onto painted circus sideshow-style posters. This isn’t to say that it’s uninviting, far from it. Just that the feel is like an Irish pub more than say, a Bertucci’s.

The Food

We went for two pizzas between the five of us: the known quantity Holy Shiitake, and the new-to-us Magical Mystery Tour. The former is an olive oil and garlic-based pizza covered in shiitake, button and portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, and mozzarella, parmesan, and Montamore cheeses, and drizzled with garlic aioli, black truffle oil, and chives. What I love most about Mellow Mushroom pizzas is that their crusts are very breadstick-like, and while that leads to a little bit of a chewy undercrust, the ending is just as delicious as the beginning. This pizza is as decadent as it sounds, and definitely is sumptuous with each bite. The latter was a pesto-based pizza with button and portobello mushrooms, mozzarella and feta cheese, and spinach and jalapenos to top it all off. Some decent heat, some good flavor, and a nice pizza.

The Verdict

Fills that not-drunk-pizza void in Adams-Morgan quite ably.

Food Rating: ***
(out of 5)
Date Rating: 2.5 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code:
Casual
Bar Rating:
Quiet Drinks
Vibe:
Chatty
Cost:
$$
(out of 5) ($25-$50 for two)
Pairing:
Grab two rackets and hit up the tennis courts at the bottom of the hill. Get there early though; they're super popular in the summertime at all times of day.

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