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Take a step up in pizza with Mellow Mushroom

Like most college students, I didn't have a lot of extra money for upscale things. For instance, pizza was either the Hot And Ready deal or, if money was really tight, 99-cent pizzas from a supermarket. And while I'm still not rolling in the dough, from time to time, I can now afford some nicer things. For example, when a group of friends went to the Mellow Mushroom in Brandon, I tagged along to see if their pizza was worth the extra money. The color scheme of the place was definitely trippy with shades of purple and yellow along the walls. There are some TVs throughout, but if you are looking to catch the game this won't be the first place to look. One thing I had always heard about Mellow Mushroom is that they were pricey - but I don't think its that bad. If you don't want pizza, you can find an item for yourself for under $10, and they have plenty of options. Pizzas come in three sizes - a small 10-inch for $10.75, a medium 14-inch for $19.95, and a large 16-inch for $24.25. And pizzas are meant to be shared.
We started out with some hummus and dried bread. I don't normally go out of my way for hummus, but it was quite good. For an entree, I split a small buffalo chicken pizza with a friend and I must say, as far as pizzas I've had, it was in the upper echelon. I love my 99-cent pizzas for the role they serve, but there is no contest in the quality of what I had at Mellow Mushroom. A couple of other friends split a mighty meaty pizza which looked equally good. The odd man out in our group went for a hoagie, but I heard no complaints - and he will let you know if something is wrong. Overall, I think Mellow Mushroom is best enjoyed with a group. It might not be my 99-cent pizzas, but here, you are sure to get something of quality.
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