October 1, 2015 is a big day for Mellow Mushroom as they add beef and veggie burgers to their menu nationwide.

Mellow Mushroom began in 1974 when three freewheeling hippie college students set out to create the most crave-able slice of pizza on the planet: handcrafted, preservative-free, stone-baked pizza made with wheat flour, vine-ripened, hand-selected tomatoes and Appalachian spring water-based dough.

The budding entrepreneurs behind Atlanta’s flower power-themed Mellow Mushroom were 40 years ahead of current trends in pizza making.

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The beef burger (Carnie) is made of 100% choice, all natural, certified Black Angus Beef. The beef is humanely raised and minimally processed, using no additives or ammoniated procedures.

It is available with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, romaine lettuce, tomato, pickles and garlic aioli spread. Each ingredient is fresh and flavorful in every bite. The beef, itself, was a little too well done for my liking, but the fresh vegetables and condiments made the burger nice and juicy.

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The veggie burger (Herb) consists of kale, quinoa, roasted mushrooms, and brown rice among other seasonings and vegetables. These hearty, house-made patties are made with the highest-quality ingredients. The veggie patty is prepared with Cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, tomato, sweet onions and fresh avocado. The veggie patty has a very earthy flavor from the mushrooms and the texture is almost identical to the beef patty, but the only difference in texture is that the veggie patty will fall apart more easily to the touch.

Both burgers are served with a side of red potatoes roasted with crispy caramelized onions, fresh rosemary, kosher salt, fresh garlic, and a hint of paprika. The potatoes served to us were not fully cooked. It was also overpowered by having too much rosemary and garlic.

For more information on Mellow Mushroom, please check out their website here: http://mellowmushroom.com.

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