Mellow Mushroom

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Bar, Eatery

50 Broadway St
Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-2916
United States

(828) 236-9800 | map

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Killebrew from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Mellow Mushroom in Asheville, NC is like no other. The vibe here is completely different. It may be because Asheville in and of itself is a really cool place to be a smaller city. They’ve got a nice place to eat outside which is nice for lunch and the bar inside is lit up great. I thoroughly enjoy this place. The service is average. It’s not bad, but nothing really makes it stand out as great. The food is good and there is a decent selection for whatever you’re desire may be at the moment. This isn’t a place to really go and sample a lot of different beers, but rather a place to go and enjoy you’re favorite domestic beer.

Nov 10, 2017
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Gavage from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

If you have visited a Mellow Mushroom before, the vibe is the same as others. This one has a great outdoor seating area, and inside the place was decorated brightly. The bar was a nice size and overlooked the large number of taps. Lots of local beers here along with the standard and easy to get national micros. I was lucky to find Foothills Sexual Chocolate on draft. Service was decent despite the large crowds here. Wasn't hungry during my visit so I didn't have any food. So why stop here with all the breweries in the area ? Because you may stumble on a beer or two you can't find in town.

Apr 13, 2016
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JWhat from North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -37.9%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 2.25

Average food and beer not a focal point of this establishment. Seems like a good quick place to grab a bite and an A beer but just not where I would want to hang out to sample beer.

Jul 15, 2015
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Artsy chain pizza joint down the street from Bruisin' Ales with decent tap list. Large L-shaped bar seats about 20, to left of dining room and outdoor patio area. About 30 craft beers on tap, a mix of national and local brews. Service was a bit harried, and the pizza was on the doughy side.

Jul 12, 2014
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psuKinger from Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2.75

Not being from down South, this was my first Mellow Mushroom experience. According to the reviews here, apparently this is considered one of the better MM locations? After my experience, that isn't a glowing endorsement of the chain...

We opted to eat lunch here because we have small kids, and pizza is always a hit with small kids. So a pizza place that got good beer reviews online seemed like a good compromise.

And this place was kid-friendly.

And they had craft beer. Which I like.

And the pizza wasn't "bad".

There just wasn't a whole lot "good" about it either. The pizza was mediocre, bordering on "sub-par". They had 30-some beers on draft, but in downtown Asheville, with so many interesting breweries nearby, I found the list to be largely unimaginitive. We practically opened the place at 11:00 AM, and despite being one of only 3-6 tables there throughout our entire meal, we received very slow service.

To top it all off, they brought out a pizza larger than what we ordered... my wife decided the leftovers would be useful, so we didn't complain. So that's my fault. But getting the order wrong initially is still on them.

Maybe it was just one bad experience? But all in all, I wouldn't really recommend it.

Jul 10, 2014
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

This Mellow Mushroom has a nice outdoor patio that is great for people watching as it is right beside the street. Anyone who has had Mellow Mushroom food knows that they make some solid pizzas and they didn't disappoint here. The red potato and bacon pizza is highly recommended.

They had a big tap list that had a lot of NC locals as well as some other good beers from Founders, Boulevard, etc. They've definitely got something for everyone on their tap list.

Service wasn't impressive. Our waitress knew absolutely nothing about craft beer. They had a section that said "ask about our seasonal selections" that listed about 12 breweries. I asked her about them and she said 'which one do you want to know about?'. Obviously I wanted to know about all of them, but just settled for a Boulevard Doublewide. She had know idea to answer any of my beer related questions. If you're going to have a restaurant with that much beer, your waiters & waitresses should know at least a little about beer!

Overall, its worth a stop for lunch or dinner as the pizza is great and they have plenty of beer

Aug 05, 2013
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MarcatGSB from Michigan

3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by during the in between lunch and dinner hour on a Wednesday a few weeks ago to check out the selection, etc.
They have a rather large tap list, but again, nothing special. They carry some of the pseudo-craft options like Blue Moon, Shock Top, etc. But they also carry a good amount of local NC brews, and South Atlantic goodies.
The atmosphere was what you would expect, bright, energetic. Kind of a college vibe...
It's an alright stop, but not worth going out of your way for. Another Asheville stop that is rather meh, as far as a craft beer destination is concerned.

Dec 26, 2012
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jfindley from New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We stopped here for lunch as our first stop on our visit to Asheville. It was a nice day, we sat outside, and overall had a good time.

A - Pretty typical for a MM. Large interior space (mostly empty on this day) and a really large outside seating area that has tasteful plantings and lots of division between areas. Good mix of all sorts of people too.

Q - The quality is great. Everything we tried was fresh and yummy.

S - We got great service from the beginning. Attentive, but not bothersome. Our waitress had a good knowledge of the local beers on that we didn't know.

S - Selection is good and one of the better local selections around. Some choices are more mainstream craft-ish (Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, etc.) but they can be forgiven since there are so many other good choices.

F - We split a pretzel and a pizza and both were excellent. Some of the best pizza I've had in a long time. Lots of other apps and things to choose from.

Overall this is a great place to visit. Nice place to hang out and plenty of good beer and food. Well worth a stop if you're in the area.

Oct 04, 2012
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ABeerNoob from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I've been to Mellow Mushroom in Asheville, Greenville SC and Ocean Springs, MS. They're all great, but the Asheville, NC location is still a favorites.

The tap selection is excellent and it gives me the opportunity to try out the local beers, depending on the season.

Their pizzas are darn tasty as is everything I've tried. I do recommend the mushroom house pizza.

Sitting outside on a beautiful day, sipping a few local beers and eating those addicting homemade pretzels is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening. Great service, great atmosphere inside and out and awesome food make this a must visit when in Asheville.

Jun 19, 2012
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On Broadway in Asheville, dinner with ksak on Saturday night.

Atmosphere: A vibrant restaurant, both inside and out. The patios all around the outside have trellises and umbrellas, providing much needed respite from the sun. A fancy pants AVL version of Ronald McDonald sits on a bench, a popular photo op. Insude, tables, and the kitchen, a little cooler than outside but not by much.

Quality: We were quoted a 30 minute wait; it wasn't even 20 - a big plus for the 'Shroom. We sat near the gas pump - a decent spot from which to watch the comings and goings.

Service: For being a busy Saturday, we were taken care of nicely from the greeting at the waitstand to returning to retrieve my credit card (long story that I won't go into).

Selection: Ample tap list, showcasing the best of the surrounding area. I went with the Catawba Firewater IPA while ksak took the Duck Rabbit Milk Stout. Both were good and ksak's Milk Stout is on record as one of her favorites.

Food: Best pizza, no doubt. The Mellowterranean (minus, of course, olives and onions) was excellent, the tzatziki sauce adding a nice twist.

We passed a Mellow Mushroom near Lenoir Rhyne on the way home and it didn't look nearly as funky as this one.

May 29, 2012
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DCon from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Being the first place we hit in Asheville, NC, this place was a GREAT choice. Awesome both inside and out. While not being a hippie (anymore), the place was filled with this type of vibe and it was pleasant to be included into it. Artwork, tie die signs and t-shirts, suns above the bar, random chairs w/ graffiti branded across them, and colors that make your eyes go crazy fill the entire outside of the place. Where we were sitting, you could also watch them cook your pizza.

Everything was nice except for how the beer was presented and their menu that wasn't up to date... Not a big problem but was very annoying to keep asking what was on draft/bottle with our server. A bit tough also to just look at the tap handles considering none of them looked familiar!

Our server was just great but didn't bring out our food or last set of drinks. Hey, if I worked here, I might be hanging in the back also with fellow employees more than usual. She did know her beer though!

Couldn't ask for a better selection! Had over 60 beers on-tap and around 10 bottles. Did not know of almost ANY of the breweries on-tap so went right for it.

My lady and myself split a HOUSE SPECIAL pizza with more than enough toppings. From my picture of one of the slices, it had Pepperoni, Sausage, Ham, Bacon, Black Olives, Tomatoes, Peppers, Onions, and possibly more. The Medium was a perfect size to share AND fill up for the rest of the day!

After looking up and talking with others about the Mellow Mushroom, it turns out they have multiple locations! Will be coming back without a doubt. Such a cool place with an easy going vibe.

Jan 12, 2012
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TaddyPorter from Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Best Mellow Mushroom I've ever been to, and best draft selection I found on my (admittedly brief) visit to Asheville.

I went to the MM with my wife and our two young daughters. Great place for the family (lots of flying pigs and other hanging distractions), and no shortage of distractions for the beer geeks among us...

Draft selection was very solid and locally-focused; perfect for the out-of-towner getting to know the local (WNC, NC, Carolinas, and generally the South) offerings.

Food was good and it was an all around pleasant place to be. Not the uber-beer-geek bar, but leagues above just about any family restaurant I've been to anywhere.

Jul 12, 2011
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MTNboy from Germany

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is the second Mellow Mushroom location I have been to. This one was a little bit more exciting than the last one. Even though, the last one was pretty exciting. The atmosphere was bright and colorful with excellent art. My family loved it especially my daughter. It has a very comfortable but not overly done hippy feeling.

The quality is great. It seems that a lot of thought goes into the food and the selection beers. The food and beverages are served looking, smelling and tasting great. I am always happy with the quality.

Our service was super friendly. It was slow when we first got there but picked up. Ironically, she checked on us more when it got busier. It did take a long time to get our food that was the only negative but you can't blame the waitress for that. It must have been the kitchen because it was piping hot.

The selection was great. There were a lot of local beers on the menu as well as other craft brews. The menu broke them down by type of beer too which I thought was well done. I am not a hop head but the selection of IPA's were great.

Feb 27, 2011
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blackie from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Been to this particular MM a couple times now, most recently on a summer Brewgrass trip.

The outdoor patio makes this a prime spot for enjoying a beer in the warmer months...sort of a garden-patio setting. Lots of inside seating spaces with bench chairs and a large bar. Eclectic decoration with lots of natural light. Crunchy.

MM is in close competition with Barley's for best local/NC selection in town, though I think the latter tends to carry more hard-to-find items. Great representation of both WNC and other statewide micros, in addition to a nice set of widely distributed selections.

Service has always been quick and friendly. Prices typical for the area.

A very worthy stop - I'd place it second on the Asheville must-do bar list, just behind Barley's.

Oct 19, 2010
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was my second stop on a trip to Asheville this weekend. Location is very easy to spot right off of the main strip in downtown Asheville. Upon walking up I was greeted by the hostess and taken to a seat. The overall vibe to the location was very nice and relaxed with lots of artsy decorations around (as with all of these). They had a huge selection of locals which was nice to see as that is what I came to Asheville for. A massive number of seasonals were up on a blackboard going over the bar section. I opted to try the Pisgah IPA myself. Also ordered some food while I was there for lunch. Food was very good as was the service. I would suggest this location for a stop to have something to eat with the family plus it is less than a block away from Bruisin' Ales...

Oct 18, 2010
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Schwab from Florida

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We stopped by there on our last day in Asheville before we had to leave town. Decided it will be the perfect place for lunch. The menu is pretty nice with a rather large selection of items. Service was pretty good and NOT annoying compared to a lot of other restaurants. Prompt but not pushy especially not trying to kick you out while you are still eating your last bite - so that was definately great. They also have a pretty good beer selection, especially the local draft beers. I would go back just for the sake of going through the beer list. Pizza is outstanding, too! You can definately tell the difference between MM and a lot of other pizza places not only in Asheville. I would also consider this a must visit. Plus on top of it; it's almost across the street from LAB.

Sep 07, 2010
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beer2day from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Typical quirky MM locale. Former gas station, located in the heart of downtown. Large bar area and lots of outdoor seating, including a section tucked under a large arbor.

Really good service, especially for a MM. Attentive without intruding.

Great local tap selection with nearly all of the area breweries represented. Cawtaba, Highlands, Wedge, Nantahala, Pisgah, Green Man and Craggie all present.

Food is typical MM fare. Menu did not show the build-a-salad option that we have seen in other locations, but they accomodated my wife's requests without skipping a beat.

If you want to taste the regional beer offerings, then this is a good place to hit.

Aug 25, 2010
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828beagle from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Mellow Mushroom is without a doubt my favorite place in Asheville for good beer and food. When the weather is nice there is a patio/courtyard that's pretty cool to sit out on. As for the inside, it's like having a good acid trip. Decorated with psychedelic paraphenilia and tie die. Nice high ceilings. Good music. My only complaint is about the service when it is busy. Other than that, the beer list is among the best I've ever seen with about 30 draughts to choose from with many local brews. As for the food, the pizza is the best I've ever had and that is a bold statement because I used to live in NYC. The subs are pretty decent also. For an appetizer the parmesan pretzels are a must. Although the place is hippied out it can be rather pricey so be prepared to spend some money. The pizzas are expensive but you definitely will get what you pay for. A pint of beer runs around $3.50 which is pretty decent. To sum it up, if you are from out of town and are passing through Asheville it is a must visit. The place is a personification of the Asheville way of life.

Jul 27, 2010
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richbrew from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

one of the many stops in asheville. place is tripped out, hippied out, asheville'd out, whichever you prefer. visited on a tuesday happy hour time. don't remember exactly how many beers where on tap but it was a GOOD amount, 20+. big on locals, locals, & locals. all @ stellar pricing, think i payed $3.50 per pint. lots of ipa's, saison's, pales but it's july so.... comfy atmosphere, good service, bartender very attentive, overall great stop for a pint or 2 and to the next! didn't try the eats, was on a bar hop mission. a must if in asheville on beercation...

Jul 14, 2010
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First of all, great location. Very easy to get to off of I-240 in the first block of Broadway at the opposite end of the block from Bruisin' Ales. Gave the atmosphere a 4 beacuse of its great patio. Perfect for eating with two small children - plus the have a paper placemat that kids can color on. Only had two beers (Foothills Hoppyum & Catawba Valley Firewater IPA), both they were both good and were treated well. The beer menu listed all of their regulars but I went in to the bar to explore the seasonals. With well over 50 taps I didn't even look at the bottle menu. I feel I may be rating the selection a little high, but a someone from Missouri, having that many beers I've never seen before gets a higher rating. Service was good. I got a beer recommendation from a bartender. Pizza was really tasty. We didn't try anything else. It was not crowded for noon on a Saturday in the summer which is also cool.

Jul 12, 2010
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devilben02 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Having already visited two other locations of Mellow Mushroom before this one, I already had an impression of what to expect, but my expectations were easily exceeded by the Asheville location. To start, the garden-like outdoor patio area instantly creates a relaxed vibe, which combined with the open, airy interior makes this restaurant fit right in with the cool, casual aura of Asheville. I didn't eat on this trip, but I know the food to be tasty and at least somewhat interesting for a pizza joint.

Regarding the beer, this place has the best beer list of any of the locations I had visited previously, and better than most casual pizza places. Of particular note is the long list of local and regional drafts, including rotating specials, that are tough to find outside of the Asheville area. Overall, because Mellow Mushroom is a chain, I feel like I should rank it lower on the list of Asheville drinking spots than the many stand-alone local brewpubs, but it is hard to mark this place down when it provides such a comfortable atmosphere, a long beer list that favors local breweries, and good food.

Jul 08, 2010
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Brenden from Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I would never have known this place is a chain. As best I could tell, this was just one of those wacky places that make Asheville Asheville. In the afternoon or the evening, the place is buzzing from the sidewalk. There's a huge outdoor seating area along with whimsically painted benches, etc. There's someone just outside the door to help guide guests inside. Once inside, you get a view of the entire. Huge, with plenty of seating, you can see the bar from wherever you end up. They have a list of all the beers available, but they also have a huge chalkboard above the bar listing all the drafts currently available. While it seems loud, and there are people everywhere having conversations, it was easy for my wife and I to talk without having to raise our voices at all. Our server was very attentive and extremely personable, and we didn't wait very long for our food, which is also excellent. The pizzas are all baked on a hearth and patrons can watch them cook if they want. They have amazing pizza options and toppings available, and lots of other food options as well though their specialty is the pizza. The crust is nearly perfect, just soft enough but very firm and just a bit crisp. On to the beer, though. I only had one because I wanted to be able to get more at other places later and it was only the afternoon. The craft beer connoisseur will love either getting a faithful standby or trying anything from any of the local microbreweries. None of the tap lines are dedicated to macros; all macro options are available in bottles. That leaves, and I did count, 53 micro taps. There are also 41 bottles available, including all kinds of stellar brews. I just couldn't believe that a place could have 53 taps and not duplicate any of their bottle options. Anyway, this place is the quintessential place for a great pizza and as much of pretty much any beer you want. Awesome.

Jul 08, 2010
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John_M from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Full disclosure about this place.... they're a chain, they clearly cater to families with young children, and on a Sunday afternoon there was a line of families and young people out the door when they opened at noon. In my experience, all of these attributes typically signify a less then stellar beer imbibing experince. Also, I had checked the website, and had noticed that although the beer list was large, the selection was mundane to say the least. So I stopped by here grudingly, fully expecting a mediocre experience.

I'm not sure it's possible for a person to be more wrong then I was when it comes to MM.

Granted, the decorations are kind of goofy, but when you get inside the artwork is more whimsical and fun. Also, I like the high airy ceilings; the place has a very relaxed, low key vibe and is a great place to hang out with a beer or three.

As for the beer selection, to say it was impressive would be an understatement. I think there were roughly 50 beers on tap, with at least half of them local. I love seeing that kind of support for the local beer scene; Portland Oregon is the only other place where I've seen this kind of support. There was also a fairly decent selection of imports as well, which this day included franzikaner, Delirium Tremens and Gulden Draak. There appeared to also be a good selection of bottles, but the draft selection was so interesting and diverse, I didn't even bother to look at the bottle list.

Service was pretty good. My server was friendly and quick, and gave me a discount on my beers once he saw I was trying to sample different things, and so didn't really want a full glass of anything. The pizza took a bit longer to come out then I was expecting, but that was really the only problem I encountered service-wise.

As for the food, I got the house pizza. Again, based on the clientele here and the fact this was a chain, I figured I'd be lucky if it was even half way decent. In fact, the pizza was excellent. The ingredients were fresh and tasty, and the crust was fully cooked, crispy and cruchy.

What more can I say. This is another place I'd happily go back to.

May 30, 2010
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gcare02 from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place is nothing what I expected. I thought I would find BMC crowding up the draft lines and I was WRONG. They had, if I remember correctly, about 60 some draft lines. We had a pitcher of Foothills DIPA for like $13!!! They had some really good beers on tap, I was impressed.

The pizza was the best pizza I have ever eaten. The atmosphere is really groovy and looking around at the decor makes you feel like you should be on a Mellow Mushroom.

Awesome area! Just walking distance from Barleys, Bruisin Ales, and Thirsty Monk!!

Feb 12, 2010
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located just a few steps away from Bruisin Ales the Mellow always seems to be a stop for us when we visit Asheville.

A funky, crunchy interior with lots of psychodelic paintings and decor--almost feels like a vendors tent at Bonnaroo or a Dead show! A large, L-shaped bar takes up most of the left side of the space.

The big draw, when available, is the outdoor patio seating area. Located along busy Broadway Avenue it is a fun place to sit, have lunch and a few pints and watch the tourists, freaks and locals of Asheville come and go.

Service is always a bit hit or miss at MM. It's not that the folks aren't pleasant, they are. Or the food isn't good, it is. It's that sometimes you wonder how long does it take to make a pizza and a sandwich? I mean, are they doing something else back in the kitchen other than making food?

Not that I care too much simply gives me an excuse to order another pint. Speaking of which one would be hard pressed not to find something on of interest with their 70+ taps! Only reason for not giving a 5 on selection is no cask selections are available.

Food has always been solid with tasty pizzas and yummy sandwich choices. Of course, being Asheville, there are plenty of fairly healthy vegetarian selections on the menu.

Overall the Asheville branch of MM is a must stop. One of the largest tap menus in the city, tasty grub and an attractive outdoor patio--really what more could you ask for?

Dec 04, 2009
Mellow Mushroom in Asheville, NC
Place rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 67 ratings