Now Open: Betty's Nosh Mushroom Bar

When an e-mail advertising a "mushroom bar" arrived in the Chow Bella mailbox a week ago, we did a double-take. A mushroom bar? Seriously? The first thought that came to mind was a Sweet Tomatoes-esque lineup of shrooms and toppings placed in stainless steel buckets under giant glass sneeze guards.

Thankfully, that's not the scene at the new Betty's Nosh mushroom bar at 6681 West Beardsley Road in Glendale, which launched with a soft opening in late April. The place is more like a trendy, laid-back wine bar, with a bright red color palette, a partially open kitchen and a mushroom bar area where guests can look at their funghi being stuffed.

Betty's menu includes burgers, classic sandwiches like chicken cordon bleu ($8) and pulled pork with cole slaw ($9), Caesar salads, and small plates such as prosciutto-wrapped chicken ($4), salmon cakes ($6) and flank steak with port reduction ($7).

The main attraction here is the mushroom "bar," which allows guests to customize the toppings on three large stuffed button mushrooms or one giant portobello. For $7.50, chef Ray Romeo will dish up shepherd's pie shrooms, pizza-style shrooms with sausage, carbonara shrooms or one of over a dozen other pre-designed options. Picky eaters can design their own plates from a range of meat, sauce and cheese options.

Lunch and breakfast selections are also available (including a Sunday omelet bar), along with $3 miniature pies and creme brulee desserts.

Betty's Nosh officially opens on Monday, May 9. Anticipated hours are 7a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7a.m.-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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