9238 Floer Drive
West Chester, OH 45069
(Wade writing here)
Jen and I decided to make a last-minute getaway trip to Cincinnati, Ohio to do a little Christmas Shopping and visit some friends (Joanna and Ron) who live in that area. We were planning to start our shopping excursion at the Ikea store in West Chester, so we (as is often the case) used our Happy Cow app to find a restaurant that would meet the needs of everyone in the group (vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore). We were delighted to see that there was a Mellow Mushroom within a few blocks of Ikea and decided to meet our friends there.
We were immediately filled with good vibes from this hippy-themed restaurant and our noses were treated to the smell of some amazing pizzas that were being escorted to the tables of the diners there. With mouths watering from the moment we arrived, we were shown to a booth and started our visit/lunch/pre-shopping-vegan feast.
Ron and Joanna enjoyed a traditional pepperoni pizza, salad, and some warm pretzels with “beer cheese” sauce. Jen ordered a small “Gourmet White” pizza that started with an olive oil/garlic sauce as the base and included sun-dried tomatoes, three kinds of cheese , Roma tomatoes, and onions. She was delighted with her vegetarian selection.
I ordered a small Mega-Veggie pizza which typically comes with a red-sauce base on a vegan crust, feta and mozzarella cheeses (I substituted Daiya Mozzarella), sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, black olives, Roma tomatoes, broccoli, banana peppers, artichoke hearts and tofu. In addition to asking them to “veganize” it by substituting the dairy cheese for vegan cheese, I also requested that they add some tempeh to the long list of toppings. When my pizza arrived my mouth started watering immediately. (In fact, my mouth is watering as I recall the experience to write this blog post.) The pie was sliced into four pieces, which made them a bit difficult to handle while trying to keep the generous toppings from spilling onto my plate. I was unsuccessful in keeping my toppings on the pizza, but that presented no problem because there were SO many amazing toppings that the pizza was fine with or without those lost bites. (And in truth, my fork rounded up those bites handily and nothing was lost.) Although I have had some mixed experiences with Daiya cheeses, I find myself becoming more fond of them and, on this pizza, it was perfect! I noticed my dining companions eye-balling my pizza on more than one occasion. I offered them a chance to try a bite and they declined. Part of me thinks they were hesitant to try a vegan pizza, part of me thinks that they realized that I was enjoying it so much that they didn’t want to deny me that pleasure. The world will never know — there were no leftovers.
The best part about our Mellow Mushroom experience is the knowledge that there is a Mellow Mushroom in Carmel, Indiana — just a few miles away and that we have a great, local option for another restaurant that serves vegan pizza in the Indy area. In fact, there are dozens of locations all over the country. Check their locations here! (Want another LOCAL vegan pizza option in Indy? Try WB Pizza)