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Dining Out for The Holidays: Mushrooms on the Menu

Fresh Crimini Mushrooms

The holidays are all about being in the kitchen, but sometimes it’s more fun to use the kitchen for socializing rather than cooking. In between holiday shopping, festivities and decorating, we all want a moment to relax, sit and savor a meal that was prepared for us.  With mushrooms trending at restaurants across the country, you might be tempted to try a dish at all one – or more – of the restaurants below.

  • Applebee’s – One look at their new Marsala Mushroom Sirloin featured on their Spirited Cuisine Menu and you’ll be ready to order.
  • Au Bon Pain – It’s easy to forget breakfast during the holidays, but Au Bon Pain’s new Mushroom and Egg White Frittata Breakfast Sandwich provides the perfect option for a healthy breakfast on-the-go.
  • Maggiano’s – Enjoy a double dose of mushrooms with a decadent Stuffed Mushroom appetizer and a creamy Mushroom Ravioli entrée.
  • Panera Bread – There are few things as comforting as a bowl of soup, and Panera’s new Country Mushroom Soup with Truffle hits the perfect note of flavor with every spoonful.
  • Outback Steakhouse – If you’re at a table with mushroom lovers, you might want to order two of their Crab Stuffed Mushrooms for an appetizer because they will easily steal the show.

We’re always keeping an eye out for the latest mushroom trends so keep an eye on our dining page to see if your favorite restaurant adds a bit of mushroom flair to their menu.

Happy Holidays!

Where to Dine this Fall

We all love to eat seasonally, but sometimes we prefer someone else doing the prep. Luckily, restaurants are always staying on top of seasonal trends with classic and inventive fall comfort dishes.  Even better, since mushrooms are always in season they blend into a variety of dishes this fall, from hearty stroganoff to veggie- loaded omelettes.

Campfire Sauteed Mushrooms

Take a look at a few highlighted dishes below and discover more on our Dining Out section and the “Mushrooms on the Menu” Pinterest board.

  • Marie CallendersFrom a hearty beef stroganoff loaded with fresh mushrooms in a demi-glace red wine beef sauce to a creamy Artichoke and Mushroom Chicken entrée, this is your spot for fall comfort just like mom used to make.
  • Noodles and CompanyYou can find mushrooms in a variety of dishes from Fettuccine to Pesto, but their new Thai Hot Pot  and Alfredo Mont Amore top the list for fall classics.
    • Thai Hot Pot: Blends shiitake mushrooms with pulled pork and chicken into a bed of rice noodles and a curry broth.
    • Afredo Mont Amore: Four-cheese pasta with roasted mushrooms, parmesan chicken, grape tomatoes and spinach.
  • California Pizza KitchenPizza might be in their name, but this fall it’s all about the flatbread here. Their new Shaved Mushroom flatbread brings together cremini mushrooms with sautéed spinach on a thin and crispy crust.
  • Denny’sWhether you’re here for breakfast, brinner or late-night dining, their Fit Fare Veggie omelette is just the ticket for a meal you can feel good about. If you’re feeling creative you can also build your own.
  • Cheesecake FactorySummer might be over, but a good burger is always in season. Put a healthy spin on it by enjoying a leaner blended turkey and mushroom burger, which is a staple on their Skinnylicious menu.
  • Olive GardenChoosing between soup or salad won’t be a tough choice once you try a bite of their new Potato and Porcini Mushroom Soup.

Where are you dining this weekend?

Discover Mushrooms on the Menu this Weekend

Earth and Turf Mushroom Burger by Richard Blais

Weekend dining decisions can always be a challenge.  Debating between cuisine, cost and location can make the entire burden a process when it’s meant to be a night out. Our advice is to let mushrooms be your decision maker. Take a look at a few of our highlighted spots where you can find mushrooms on the menu and quickly turn the dining decision into a matter of how many to order!

Flip Burger Boutique – If you live in Atlanta, and have never been to Flip Burger Boutique you are missing out on an amazing dining experience. Due to popular demand the Earth &Turf Burger, which features a 50/50 mushroom and meat blend, is remaining on the menu. Not local to Atlanta? You can make this burger at home as well.

Bahama Breeze – Enjoy an Island getaway in your own neighborhood. Taste a bit of island life with their Asian Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry. Features a blend of sautéed chicken, Shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, bell peppers and edamame in a sweet chili and ginger sauce; served over basmati rice and topped with peanuts.

Noodles and Company – Nothing is more comforting than a simple and easy meal on a Friday night, which you don’t have to worry about cooking. Noodles and Company features mushrooms in a variety of their dishes, including their most recent Garden Pesto Sauté, featuring asparagus, sautéed mushrooms, red bell peppers, onions, pecans, feta and walnuts in a light lemon pesto sauce with gluten-free rice noodles.

Discover even more mushrooms on the menu on our dining out page or Pinterest board.

Cheers to a great weekend ahead!

Mushrooms Hit the Town

Having an inherent knowledge of how to cook with mushrooms is a fantastic skill, but one of the best parts of incorporating mushrooms into a meal is sitting down to enjoy them. At the Mushroom Channel, we will always have new and exciting recipes to share, but we can’t forget about all of the restaurants whipping up mushroom dishes that are ready and waiting for you to enjoy on the next night out.

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of a new section on the Mushroom Channel featuring “Mushrooms Dining Out.”  Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch or Saturday date night inspiration, we’re keeping you updated on all of the latest mushroom news on the restaurant scene.  Here’s a glance into what’s cooking this month!

Wild Mushroom PizzaCalifornia Pizza Kitchen

Perfect for family pizza night or a casual lunch, this pizza is a mushroom lover’s dream. The delectable pizza is not only topped with a variety of portobello, cremini, shitake and white button mushrooms, but the pizza sauce contains mushroom pesto.

Grilled Steak and Crimini Mushroom FlatbreadSeasons 52

As a full meal or a decadent appetizer, this dish is a perfect starter for a night out. Paired with fresh spinach and Wisconsin blue cheese, this is an order you might not want to share.

For more restaurant inspiration be sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter updates, as well as our Mushrooms on the Menu Pinterest board.

Burger Option: Go Protein-Style with Portabella Mushrooms

Jessica from LifeAsMOM showcases how you can find healthy dining ideas while eating out and even bring some of the inspiration to your own kitchen table.

Late this summer, my husband and I decided to change our diets. We were both carrying a little extra something around the middle and feeling lethargic and well… puffy. At the beginning of August, we both downloaded a free calorie-tracking app and started paying more attention to what we ate.

Boy, was that eye opening! We had no idea that some of our favorite meals were so laden with sodium, fat, and calories. Yes, our bodies need sodium and healthy fats, but what we realized is that our regular diet was overloaded with both.

After a painful first week, we started to get in a groove. We found which foods were the most satisfying and how we could eat well, feel satisfied, and not overindulge in terms of calorie intake.

One of the things that changed was our eating out. No longer did our favorite fried chicken restaurant fit the bill. And my favorite burger joint with bottomless fries? Yeah, that had to go as well.

Luckily one of our go-to places for a quick and inexpensive meal, In-N-Out Burger offered the option of preparing our burgers “protein style.” Instead of a bun, they wrap our burgers in large leaves of lettuce. Our youngest son, clearly not on a diet, actually prefers his burgers this way. Protein-style is a favorite around here.

And it’s an easy one to recreate at home. It’s even tastier when you replace the bun with a grilled portabella mushrooms. I marinated mine before grilling and the flavor was fantastic. If you prefer to go meatless, just skip the ground beef and seasoning salt. It’s a fork supper, for sure, but definitely a health-conscious way to have your burger and eat it, too.

Portabella Cheeseburger Protein Style

Portabella Cheeseburger Protein Style

Serves 2


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 portabella caps, cleaned and trimmed
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • Favorite seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, sliced into rings
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese
  • Sliced tomato, lettuce leaves, other condiments


  1. In a one quart Ziploc bag, combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add the mushrooms and marinate for 15 to 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, divide the beef into two portions and form each into a patty. Season to taste with seasoning salt. Set aside and preheat the grill.
  3. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil until simmering. Add the onion and cook, stirring for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Grill the burger patties and mushrooms over hot grill until the meat is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 160º and mushrooms are tender, about 10 minutes. During the last minute or two of cooking, lay the cheese slices atop the burgers to allow them time to melt. If you’re going meatless, you can melt the cheese over the mushrooms.
  5. On each plate, layer one mushroom, burger, cheese, and sautéed onions. Serve with tomato, lettuce, and other condiments.