People are taught not to play with their food, despite the clear tic-tac-toe lines seared into grilled fare. Succumb to edible enjoyment with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of grilled fare, martinis, and cocktails at Paradise in Mesa.
Paradise blends the energy of its late-night weekend dance parties with an inventive menu marked by grilled specialties and an array of sippable beverages. Kick off evenings with starters such as the roasted poblano hummus, ferried mouthward on scrumptious schooners of warm pita bread ($5–$6). Entrees range from burgers, including the swiss and mushroom ($8), to plates of Moonshine chicken cloaked in mushrooms, Kentucky whiskey sauce, and an air of secrecy common to speakeasies and unlicensed lemonade stands ($11). Tangle up taste buds in the penne crème pomodoro, with a luscious labyrinth of creamy tomatoes and fresh basil ($10.50). A non-fatal slice of Death by Chocolate cake, perched atop a drizzle of berry sauce and a sprinkling of sliced almonds, adds an appetizing afterword to dinner ($6).
Diners can sidekick meals with selections from a menagerie of beers ($3–$5) and mixed drinks, including more than a dozen martinis ($7–$8). Or, opt to toast with specialty cocktails such as the white citrus sangria ($7) or a Mojito in Paradise, served either classic or costumed with notes of pomegranate, raspberry, or a velvet half-mask ($7).