If you’re looking for something different in your dining
experiences, we’ve come up with a shortlist of restaurants in Mesa that are
both unique and highly rated. We hope you’ll like what we’ve picked out.
The Grid: Games & Growlers
If you love to play games, you’ll have a good time at The
Grid: Games & Growlers.
You can play air hockey, Dance Dance Revolution, Skee-Ball, foosball, pinball,
and VR games. Selections sometimes rotate in and out. Most arcade and console
games are free to play, from the old-school Atari 2600 up to current-generation
consoles. Board games are also available.
The food is reasonably priced bar fare, starting with appetizers
such as pretzel bites with cheese, chicken parmesan bites, and mac and cheese
bites cleverly shaped like game controllers. Entrees include a grilled pizza
sandwich, tacos, a hummus plate, wings, and more. Vegan options are available
upon request, or you can order vegan “wings” made of deep-fried
cauliflower. For drinks, try an upscale beer on tap or a cocktail.
The Grid is at 525 S. Gilbert Road and is open daily. The
restaurant plays rock music and hosts a number of events, such as gaming
tournaments and karaoke.
If you’re mainly into board games with family and friends, head to
Gilbert to Meeples, where you can choose from more than 100 games. The
impressive library runs the gamut from classic to modern games. You can play
every expansion of Dominion, The Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and more.
It’s a great way to take your family out to try out a game before buying.
Gameplay at a table is free if you make a minimum purchase of $25.
If you don’t plan to eat, you’ll pay $10 for your table. The rate goes down to
$5 with purchase of an entree and $2 with a tab of $15. Tables seat a maximum
of five people. Games can also be rented, and customers can buy memberships
that have discounts and perks.
The food is casual comfort fare: a variety of loaded hot dogs,
nachos, salads, regular and loaded fries, chili, macaroni and cheese, and other
Meeples is at 3821 E Baseline Road, Suite J-140. It’s open Monday
Organ Stop Pizza
Enough about games. How about organ music? Organ Stop Pizza says its Wurlitzer theater organ is the largest in the world. It has more than 5,500 pipes and is powered by three turbine blowers, with a fourth on standby. The original organ was installed in the Denver Theater in 1927. It was rebuilt in 1975 and includes pieces from other Wurlitzer organs. The music begins 30 minutes after opening. Performances are 30-45 minutes long, with breaks of 10-15 minutes between sets.
We don’t often see a pizza like Organ Stop Pizza’s combination
pizza, which is piled with cheese, sausage, pepperoni, ham, beef, bacon,
mushrooms, black olives, green pepper, and onion. Several other specialty
pizzas and build-your-own and gluten-free options are on the menu, along with
pasta, sandwiches, appetizers, salad bar, and ice cream.
Organ Stop Pizza is at 1149 E. Southern Ave. and is open every
We hope you’ll like these three unique dining experiences in Mesa.
Maybe you’ll come up with some of your own novel spots.