First Taste

Monsterland Bar & Grill: Drag Me to Hell

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Monsterland Bar & Grill Location: 18 West Main Street, Mesa Open: A little over two weeks. Eats: burgers, sandwiches, salads, and apps. Price Range: $11 - $30

No one wants the concept of a haunted house-themed restaurant to succeed more than I do. I love the horror genre. I love to eat. And the thought of devouring a kick-ass dish in a well-designed, spooky space among replicas of werewolves, and mummies (not to mention movie legends like The Exorcist's Regan MacNeil, A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger, and Alien's, er, alien) gives me the shivers of the most excitable kind.

So when I heard that the owners of Monsterland, a two-story haunted house that opened last year along Mesa's Main Street, were planning to turn it into a restaurant and nightclub in an effort to use the property year-round, I nearly screamed with delight.

But unfortunately, when it comes to the food, the only real scare at Monsterland is being bored to death.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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