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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 1:00 am

Pizza place offering up slices, scares

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

We were just 25 minutes from home, making the drive from Cincinnati to Fort Wayne on Saturday, when my husband looked over at me. I thought he was going to comment about the audible sigh of relief that cut the bickering between my boys.

Instead, he asked, “Have you heard about the new pizza place here?”

I looked over, curious. Anyone who knows my husband knows that he is always the last to know, but here he was cluing me into something.

The something? Famous Monster Pizza.

While it's not exactly new – the restaurant in downtown Decatur opened in August – the concept might well be, at least to this area.

Owner Max Miller wanted to not only create a place where patrons can find good pizza but also enjoy something different.

Drawing on his passion for monster movies, Famous Monster, 208 W. Monroe St., combines pizza and cinema. There is a big screen where monster movies play continuously and a classic film is shown on Saturday nights. It's “our own version of Shock Theater,” Miller says.

“The décor is a collection of classic monster movie memorabilia, posters, magazines, toys, etc., that I have collected for the past 50 years,” he says.

When it comes to the menu, it's quite possible that it's as ghoulish as the décor. Named after famous monsters, pizza options include the Count Dracula – pepperoni and extra red sauce. But beware, it has lots of garlic. The Wolf Man is an all-meat pizza, which the menu says, is enough to grown hair on your chest.

There's also Monster Grinders and sausage rolls, which are all wrapped up – just like a mummy.

Miller says the response to Famous Monster has “been crazy from the start, much more than we expected.”

This weekend, guests can sink their teeth into breadsticks or garlic cheese bread – after all, they “axed for it” – while watching “The Mole People,” a black-and-white film from 1956 about monsters from a lost age.

In addition to its regular screenings, Famous Monster hosts special events such as the End of Summer Beach Party and Halloween Monster Bash, as well as the upcoming Ugly Christmas Sweater week.

Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Sundaze returns

WTF Sundaze is back, Bravas fans.

The popular event series is an opportunity for the cooks at Bravas to stretch their creativity and offer off-menu dishes that you typically wouldn't see at the burger and dog joint on Fairfield Avenue.

The menu is not made public before the event, which will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Bo Gonzalez and his crew warn that the offerings are best suited for the 18-and-older crowd, as alcohol is available and music “can get a little rowdy.”

Holiday Blizzards

Dairy Queen is ringing in the holiday season with two festive Blizzard treats.

The Oreo Hot Cocoa Blizzard features Oreo cookie pieces and fudge blended with vanilla soft serve and topped with whipped topping. The treat is available now at participating Dairy Queen locations.

The Candy Cane Chill Blizzard Treat, which will be available Monday, includes peppermint candy pieces and choco chunks blended into vanilla soft serve.

Around town

SolBird Kitchen & Tap, 1824 W. Dupont Road, is now open. A venture between Sol Kitchen food truck and Birdboy Brewing, the restaurant offers a Latin-inspired menu. It is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

• The Florida Citrus Truckload Sale will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at Menards, 5511 Meijer Drive. The prices are $33 for a 20-pound box of navel oranges; $30 for a 20-pound box of ruby red grapefruit; and $40 for a 20-pound box of Sol-Zest tangerines.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8304.