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Mellow Mushroom - Delray Beach

CFByrne | May 18, 200801:25 PM

Wife and I visited the Mellow Mushroom, just yards south of Atlantic Ave on Federal Hwy northbound. We went in Friday evening around 6:30 PM. I know there are others in FL but this was my first visit to any one.

The place was packed. Bar scene was hopping with lots of 30-somethings and others taking advantage of the 50+ beer selection on tap, many of them excellent microbrews and on special from 4 to 7 for $3.50 a pint, IIRC.

The restaurant was also packed in and out. We had a short wait of about 15 minutes for a table. It's noisy and high energy, and the open kitchen contributes to the fun.

Folks who sat outside at this time of year and day were unfortunately in a very bright sun - as this store faces directly W without any shade - so if you get an outside table before sundown, keep this in mind.

Wife ordered the "build your own" salad which we thought was a great idea. She can be picky and this is a picky-person' delight. I ordered jerk wings. We ordered a small pizza to share.

Salad was excellent, vinaigrette dressing very very flavorful. This was a nice surprise.

I'm a jerk afficianado so I was skeptical about the wings, but they were also very good. Initially, they did not have too much jerk on them, so I asked for some on the side and it was brought promptly. I could then burn my mouth out to my heart's content. Next time I might also ask for them to be "well done" as they skin was not as crispy as I like. But overall, pretty darn good. There was a nice touch of sweetness to the jerk. Definitely not Walkerswood (my usual favorite) but something a bit different.

The pizza, I was not all that excited about, it's just not my cup of tea with the huge crust. Considering that huge crust is on the outside perimeter of the pie, I'll bet it takes up some huge percentage of the pie overall - perhaps 1/3 or more.

It's funny, there's never been good pizza in Delray and now in 3 months we get Anthony's, Carolina's and Mellow Mushroom all within 2 blocks. Personally I'll stick with the coal-fired from Anthony's or Carolina's. Your mileage may vary.

The service overall was excellent. The two owners or managers were all over the place with eagle-eyes, checking on individual tables, watching the food come out, talking with customers, servers & bartenders, etc. Our waitress, "Casey" was superb. Drinks refilled quickly, special requests handled, check delivered on time. etc etc.

I predict this location will be a big success. The Ave is screaming for more low-cost, fun places for eating and drinking. Rotelli is really just food... Elwoods is a bit TOO downscale for many... that really just leaves Bru's.

Up until now, that is.

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