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The Foodie Column

Shroomin' in Pooler

I’ve been in several Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurants — most have been in older buildings and epitomized the funky, fun atmosphere of the franchise’s inherent mellowness.

But my visit last week to a NEW Mellow Mushroom in Pooler was as equally satisfying as my other visits.

This location is guarded by a towering Iron Man figure, the first clue that the theme of the restaurant is the movies.

That’s no coincidence — the franchise is owned by the same developer who built the adjoining Pooler Stadium Cinema. In fact, daily show times for the multiplex are stationed on each table and watched over by a life–sized Spider-man handing from the towering ceiling.

It’s a kid–friendly destination for sure – but with plenty of adult pleasing menu items and an extensive selection of both draft and bottled craft beers.

My lil’ house salad and half Spiked Sausage hoagie was good and plenty. The crunchy rye hoagie roll was the perfect foundation for the sandwich, brimming over with chunks of spicy sausage and melted cheese.

I had a front row seat to crust after crust being hand tossed for my fellow diners’ pizzas. A zesty IPA from Green Flash washed ‘er all down.

I ordered carryout for Ms. T.J. — a sausage, green pepper and onion calzone and a small Greek salad. The calzone was big enough to share — but she did her best polishing it off and pronounced it worthy enough for a revisit with friends.

Hmmm, date night movie and a pie...

409 Pooler Parkway/330–7133

Sweet repast

I dropped in to check out chocolatier Adam Turoni’s holiday selections recently and was impressed with how far he has come stocking his new retail site on west Broughton Street. The Culinary Institute of America schooled Turoni, who is coming up with a new line of Christmas season goodies and has fall flavors like the pumpkin truffles pictured here available through Thanksgiving.

323 W. Broughton St.

Tuesday with ... me

After a year off, I’m returning with an every Tuesday afternoon tasting and small plates happy hour – this time at Taco Abajo. Stop in, let’s talk food and drink. The first will be Nov. 13, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

You will sample three seasonal–inspired cocktails, one each with American whiskey, black rum and tequila. Get the recipes, talk food and drink with me and other foodies. $15 includes a plate of small bites. I would appreciate a call, (912) 224–0136 or email so I can plan appropriately. Future weeks will explore trios of wines, craft beers and tequilas.

B&D Burgers new spot almost ready

Finishing touches are being put on the new location of B&D Burgers on Congress Street, at the east end of City Market. A peek inside reveals a completely new look for the soon to be three–location burger restaurant. A large outdoor seating area features huge, permanent umbrellas an outdoor bar and a performance stage. Stay tuned....