Eating Vegan at Mellow Mushroom – All the Best Picks

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Mellow Mushroom is an Atlanta-based pizza chain beloved for its fresh pizzas and eclectic environment. Although pizza is one of the foods that vegans mourn the most, chains like Mellow Mushroom make it possible to continue enjoying this yummy comfort food in a vegan way. This Southern chain was founded in the mid-70’s and has now been serving pizzas for over 40 years, expanding into 170 locations around the country. Each location is locally owned and has its own distinctive atmosphere, allowing the chain to keep a small-town feel. Mellow Mushroom is perfect for those who love pizza but can’t eat all of its ingredients; with its vegan cheese, tempeh, and gluten free options, no vegans or gluten-free eaters will leave hungry! To make it even easier on vegans, the Vegan Unlocked research team has made a vegan menu, editor’s picks and even answered some frequently asked questions to give vegans all the information they need to enjoy pizza night at Mellow Mushroom.

The Vegan Unlocked Research Team analyzed all 41 items on the Mellow Mushroom menu. We came away with a custom creation and a few delectable on-menu options.

Mellow Mushroom has a score of 1.7 out of 5 stars with few-options available. It’s not winning any awards as a vegan destination, but you can find what you need if you’re in a pinch.

This score is calculated based on the amount of vegan offerings on Mellow Mushroom’s menu “as is” or with an easy substitution, a restaurant vegan customizability score and finally the amount of vegan options vs non-vegan options. Learn more about Vegan Unlocked Ratings.

Secret Menu

It can be discouraging to constantly look over menus that have so few options for vegans. However, with a little flexibility and creativity, vegans can make any menu work for them. You don’t have to find an all-vegan restaurant to have a bite to eat with friends! To make this process even simpler, the research team at Vegan Unlocked has created a secret menu for many restaurants whose vegan menu options are limited. It can be as easy as subbing out a meat for a veggie protein or holding the sauce or cheese, or you may have to ask the server about certain ingredients. The secret menu option at Mellow Mushroom is delicious and easy to order! 

To skip the customization and order from the regular menu, scroll down to find the Mellow Mushroom’s vegan menu items and our editors’ top picks below this section.


A yummy appetizer containing diced tomatoes, basil, and seasonings in balsamic vinegar and olive oil, topped with fresh basil. This delicious starter is served on garlic toast points and drizzled with balsamic glaze. Make sure to hold the feta cheese.

All Vegan Options on Mellow Mushroom’s Menu

What are all of the vegan options on the Mellow Mushroom menu?


  • Vegan Avocado Hoagie: Enjoy a hoagie containing lettuce, roma tomatoes, vegan cheese, sweet onions, avocado slices, and a lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Make sure the hoagie bread is the same used in the Vegan Tempeh Hoagie and you’re all set for a yummy vegan meal.
  • Vegan Tempeh Hoagie: You know a restaurant is a good vegan destination when it has tempeh on the menu! This hoagie contains balsamic marinated tempeh, lettuce, roma tomatoes, vegan cheese, grilled onions, mushrooms and green peppers.
  • Vegan Veg Out Pie: This plant-based pizza comes with mellow red sauce, vegan cheese, spinach, green bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, sweet onions, black olives and roma tomatoes.
  • Enlightened Spinach Salad: Enjoy a plate of fresh spinach, dried cherries, diced apples and house-made glazed pecans. 
  • Vegan Greek Salad: A flavorful, refreshing mix of romaine and iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots, shredded red cabbage, sweet onions, cucumbers, green bell peppers, mushrooms, roma tomatoes, pepperoncini, banana peppers and kalamata olives.
  • Build Your Own Pie: This is the best option for those who like to customize their meal and get exactly what they’re craving! Choose a crust size, and for the sauce either the Mellow Red Sauce or Olive Oil and Garlic. Add Tempeh or Vegan cheese for your protein, and add on the veggies and toppings of your choice for a delicious vegan pizza.

Appetizers, Sauces, Add Ons, Toppings

  • Vegan pretzels
  • Follow Your Heart vegan cheese
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Avocado
  • Banana peppers
  • Basil
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic
  • Green peppers
  • Jalapeños
  • Mushrooms
  • Mushrooms, Portobello
  • Mushroom Trio, Roasted
  • Olives, Black
  • Olives, Green
  • Olives, Kalamata
  • Onions
  • Onions, caramelized
  • Pepperoncini
  • Pineapple
  • Red Peppers, garlic roasted
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes, roasted
  • Tomatoes, Roma
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • BBQ sauce
  • Buffalo sauce
  • Jerk sauce
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • olive oil & garlic
  • Mellow Red Sauce
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  • Herb vinaigrette

Editor’s Picks: What Are the Best Vegan Meals at Mellow Mushroom?

The Vegan Tempeh Hoagie is the best vegan option at Mellow Mushroom. It’s hard to beat flavorful tempeh, vegan cheese and veggies in a filling hoagie.

The Vegan Veg Out Pie is the best vegan meal for those new to veganism. You may not be ready to try tempeh, but a classic pizza covered in (vegan) cheese and veggies is a crowd-pleaser.

The best bang-for-your-buck vegan meal is the Vegan Greek Salad, which is $8.99 in regular or $5.59 in small size. This is a great deal for vegans looking for a tasty salad!

Note: Vegan Unlocked is a tool dedicated to helping people find plant-based options. We are not an allergen resource, and want to encourage our friends with allergies to proceed with caution. We cannot control and don’t always know when cross contamination takes place. See Mellow Mushroom’s allergen menu here. As far as cross-contamination of vegan foods with animal products, this is completely up to your comfort level as an individual. Read our stance on cross contamination.

Frequently Asked Mellow Mushroom Questions

Which Mellow Mushroom crust is vegan?

Both the baked crust and the thin crust are vegan, just make sure to specify no parmesan finish or butter!

Is Mellow Mushroom pizza sauce vegan?

The Mellow Mushroom red sauce and oil and garlic sauces are vegan, but the pesto sauce is not.

What vegan cheese does mellow mushroom use?

Mellow Mushroom uses Follow Your Heart vegan cheese.

You can find out more information on the Mellow Mushroom menu by visiting their website here.

Dining at Mellow Mushroom Soon?

Be sure to tag Vegan Unlocked and share your vegan meal or custom creation to be entered into our monthly giveaway!

Mellow Mushroom’s vegan menu was brought to you by…

Lydia Greene

Lydia Greene is a freelance writer with a passion for food and travel. When she’s not writing, you can find her hiking in the woods near her home in Portland, Oregon, cooking up a tasty meal or dreaming up her next adventure.

Cristina Garrido

Cristina is a vegan cook and recipe developer. She’s worked in several vegan kitchens, as a collaborator for different cooking blogs and now works as a consultant helping restaurants interested in making their menus more vegan-friendly. She’s passionate about cultural foods and culinary innovations. Her non-food related interests include thrifting, sustainability and exploring her new adoptive country, Portugal.

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