Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Mellow Mushroom

Hands down, the 'Shroom is my favorite pizza joint. Ok, maybe joint was a poor choice of words, given its hippie atmosphere. Just about everything about their pizzas are top-notch, including an excellent selection of toppings that you aren't likely to find at larger pizza chains. For example, one of my favorite toppings is there is basil pesto. Combine it with grilled chicken, tomatoes, and broccoli, and you have a real knockout combination. Of course, you can order a basic pepperoni if you're not feeling so adventurous.

They also offer sandwiches, salads, and calzones. With their typical sense of humor, they describe the calzone as a "pizza turnover." The salads are especially generous, to say the least - a small salad is dinner-sized, and I haven't ever seen anyone order the full sized ones. I'd imagine they are the size of a large pizza if the "small" salad size is any indication. There is also a decent selection of beer to wash down your pizza.

The hippie ambience also contributes to the restaurant's charm. Psychodelic cartoons of talking mushrooms adorn the walls, while the kitchen is decorated with various bumper stickers ranging from liberal to libertarian. Rounding things out is an ample supply of copies of Creative Loafing.

If there is one drawback, it's that this may not be the cleanest restaurant in town. I haven't found any sticky tables or other real gross-outs, but this is the sort of place where you can expect a bit of writing on the bathroom wall. On the other hand, this is the only pizza place I've seen to have someone scrawling political slogans on the bathroom wall in Latin.

1880 Highway 20
Conyers, GA

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