10959 Causeway Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511
Cost range: 1.0-10.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Across the South, Mellow Mushroom is a college-town mecca due to its tasty pies, heroic craft brew selection and grooved-out, Peter Max-meets-H.R. Pufnstuf aesthetics.On the pizzas, cheese is scant, but the 35 toppings — including tempeh, tofu, pesto, portobellos and jerk chicken — are bountiful. Some people swear by Mellow Mushroom's crust, a golden, wheaty, low-gluten, spring water-enhanced recipe. It's a unique blend, earthy and sweet. Some Mellows also have recipes unique to that location (at Citrus Park, Anease LaGaze created the fine chicken pesto pizza). But Mellow's biggest draw is a monumental beer list. The Citrus Park store was the first franchise to employ a full-time "beer guy," making it not only a great pizzeria, but a great bar. Pies are $8.50 to $24.75. Takeout or dine in? Definitely dine in. It's a little pricey, but the service is great. No delivery.