Mellow Mushroom

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 6 reviews )

12090 Jefferson Ave Ste 1500, Newport News, Virginia, USA, 23606

Serves meat, vegan options available. Part of hippie themed pizzeria chain with choices for vegans and vegetarians, including tofu, tempeh, and fresh veggie toppings for pizza plus salads. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-12:00am, Fri-Sat 11:00am-1:00am, Sun 11:00am-12:00am.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Pizza, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by veggie_htx

New cheese makes for gross food - Edit

Mellow Mushroom used to be our go-to local restaurant for meals when we were out running errands or too lazy to cook. We would go at least once a week for pizza or occasionally calzones. Then they swapped out the Daiya cheese for Follow Your Heart and we stopped going completely. Out of three members of our family, not one of us found the change to be positive and even after going back "just in case we needed another try" we are all completely disinterested in returning while they serve the new cheese.

Honestly, the "Vegan Gourmet" cheese is foul. I guess some people complained that Daiya wasn't "real cheese" enough, but what vegan really cares about that when the flavor is repulsive? The new cheese is atrocious to look at (it looks like clumpy, semi-liquefied yogurt) and tastes horrible. On a pizza with a lot of strong flavors (like a Thai Dye) it's tolerable, but on a simple pie with just cheese or minimal toppings, it's basically inedible.

Also, this is not a place to go if you have any time constraints. A simple order taken immediately can still take over an hour to get to the table, even in a practically empty restaurant. On a busy night, you might as well just get comfortable because you'll be there for hours.

They also, unfathomably, do not carry anything like apple juice for kids. When asked what kinds of juice they had we were told they might be able to get some pineapple or cranberry from the bar. What sit-down restaurant doesn't have apple juice? Not every family wants their kid drinking soda or HFCS-laden "lemonade" or "tea".

To be fair, their crust is usually excellent, the pretzels are amazing, and if you're not in a hurry the atmosphere is usually pleasant. But the new cheese takes a 7-8/10 experience and drops it to a 3/10 at best.

Pros: Multiple vegan options, Good pretzels/crust, Friendly wait-staff

Cons: Horrible vegan cheese substitute, Slow service, Too high up-charge for vegan options

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9.5/10 - Edit

This place was amazing! My friend Lauren and I traveled about an hour and a half to get to this place, and it was totally worth it. I order the small 'Veg Out' pizza 🍕 but substituted the mozzarella cheese for the vegan cheese. 🧀 I devoured it! We definitely plan on going back!

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Mellow Mushroom - Edit

Service is great and food is fresh!!

Pros: vegan options

Cons: none

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so many options! - Edit

Awesome pizza place with tons of vegan options!

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Must-have veg dishes! - Edit

Superb veg dishes for all food lovers, especially Italian food fans. Tofu and tempeh are available as protein options on sandwiches and calzones, and Daiya cheese substitute is offered as well.
The 'herb' veggie burger is supreme, the patty is unforgettable, and the whole burger can be vegan if you substitute the cheese for Daiya and hold the mayo.
Sides are scarce, but what is offered (chips/potatos) is delicious.

Pros: Superb veggie burger, Vegan made easy!, Great veg food as meat substitute

Cons: Small range of sides

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Mellow Mushroom, very vegan friendly stop for pizza, sandwiches, and more! - Edit

Mellow Mushroom is a hippie themed pizza chain. Many items are vegetarian or easily vegan-izable (their website is very helpful with modification info, so check before you go). I ordered the half portion of the tofu hoagie. Make sure to request to make it vegan by holding the cheese and mayo (they do have vegan cheese available if you want!). I came away very satisfied with the sandwich, it was great quality and a good deal.

Pros: Nice vibe, Inexpensive, Excellent food

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