Monday, January 16, 2012

Mellow Mushroom~Eccentric and Unique!

These kiddos are smiling. Okay.  Maybe I bribed them to smile with pizza.  But, nevertheless, they are smiling.

I had the brilliant idea to visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist yesterday morning.  I have always loved old churches. Nothing like "browsing" and taking pictures and imagining all who had sat in the pews before me.  These three were a bit reluctant, though.  The Cathedral is amazing and will be another post sometime soon.

However, once the kiddos saw the beauty of this mid-1800's church, heard the Latin chants, listened, watched, and experienced an hour and a half of heavy incense, they were glad to have come along.  Except maybe for the incense.  But when the steeple bells started and church was over, we were all starving.  Five growling tummies led us to the Mellow Mushroom on King Street.

The Mellow Mushroom is a chain started in 1974 by three college kids who wanted a restaurant and a business that "reflected their eccentric philosophies".  And, evidently, their laid-back way of life.  Servers and staff were super friendly but in no rush.  No frazzle.  No stress.  Just singing along to the music and smiling and serving.  Interesting...

We were sure glad that those kids got together because thirty plus years later, the food is still amazing!  The Mushroom specializes in pizza.  Some munchies, salads, soups, hoagies, and, of course, pizza.  Order straight from the menu or create your own.  They also offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.  See?  Something for everyone.  Four of the five of us ordered a 10 inch pizza....

Stephan's Cheese Only
Aaron's Hawaiian Pizza
Emily's White Pizza
My Make Your Own with Black Olives, Banana Peppers, Pepperoncini, Garlic and Olive Oil

The mister chose to be different.  Actually, he loves hoagies.  He had a Chicken Parmesan Hoagie with a side of Potato Salad.  He ordered the five inch and it was massive.  French bread sliced open, grilled and topped with loads of melted cheese...

Jeff's Chicken Parmesan Hoagie with Potato Salad
We weren't the most patient of customers because of the loud tummy growling but the food was worth waiting for.  And, while we were waiting, we enjoyed the eccentric artwork, checked out the extensive list of bottled and draft beer, listened to the singing staff and enjoyed the surroundings.

Yep.  It was a nice Sunday morning.  The kind we always hope for.  A beautiful church in a welcoming city.  A warm cozy restaurant with delicious pizza.  A stroll down King Street.  Laid back.  Relaxed.  Sometimes, you get everything you need all in one morning!  Hope you had a delicious week-end and Happy Martin Luther King Day from Charleston Treasures!

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1 comment:

  1. I didnt even know we had a Mellow mushroom on King!!---I am off to find it! thanks for the great post---love your blog!!!


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