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Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery is More Than Just Another Pretty Face

The recently opened Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery offers a fun and festive atmosphere in an upscale setting; more than a sports bar, and more than a restaurant, it is an Irish-themed combination of the two; and although the “Kilt Girls” are dressed in the Tartan (plaid) patterned uniforms, this public house is more than just another “breastraunt,” made evident by the presence of male bartenders and busboys, who also wear kilts, although theirs are much longer than the mini skirts worn by the female servers. Regardless of what they are wearing, the Kilt Girls are basically entertainers, eager to put a smile on every customer’s face.
“We want to be a local gathering spot for “eat-ertainment,” said owner Dearl Croft, “Our primary focus is on serving fantastic food and creating a fun and friendly environment for guests of all ages and genders.”

The scratch kitchen uses only the freshest ingredients and makes every dish to order – no pre-packaged pub grub here. The extensive menu includes items sure to please even the most finicky foodie. Lighter options include: the Citrus Crusted Cod, Spinach and Chicken Salad, Turkey Club Wrap or Sirloin Steak Salad. Sports fans particularly love the wings. With a variety of styles (Traditional, Grilled or Hand-Breaded Boneless), sauces (Garlic Parmesan, Thai Sweet Chili, Mango Habanero, Guinness BBQ, Buffalo and Kilt Burner) and rubs (Lemon Pepper, Salt & Pepper and TK Dry Rub) to choose from, these wings can be customized for any mood or palate.

Pub fare favorites include: the Pub Pretzel (fresh-baked soft pretzel, brushed with melted butter and dusted with pretzel salt, served with Fat Tire® Ale Beer Cheese Sauce, honey mustard sauce and pepper jack cheese sauce), the Pub Fried Pickles (hand-breaded and deep-fried pickles. Served with cayenne ranch dipping sauce), the Pub Nachos (crisp tortilla chips topped with Fat Tire® Ale Beer Cheese Sauce, your choice of chicken or steak, grilled jalapeños, shredded cheese and diced tomatoes.  Served with sour cream and house-made fire-roasted salsa) and the Tilted Tots (three variations of tator tots): Loaded (topped with Fat Tire® Ale Beer Cheese Sauce, bacon, green onions and sour cream), Chili Cheese (smothered in jalapeño jack cheese sauce, chili and green onions), or the Blue Buffalo (tossed in buffalo sauce, garnished with blue cheese crumbles, green onions and ranch). 

Other menu standouts are the Monte Cristo (hand-battered, fried and served with a homemade raspberry jam that has red pepper flakes in it for that extra kick), Beer-Battered Fish and Chips (cod filets hand-battered in Samuel Adams and their own special seasonings served with fries and coleslaw), Buffalo Mac & Cheese (mac & cheese with spicy buffalo fried chicken, topped with cheddar jack cheese, ranch dressing and green onions), housemade Shepherd’s Pie and several different variations of their half lb. burger (make it a Big Arse Burger and upgrade to the 10-ounce hand-pressed Angus beef patty).

The food is definitely “above-the-bar pub grub,” but this is an Irish-themed sports bar, eat-ertainment restaurant after all, and the bar offers an enormous selection to wash it all down. With 63 beers on tap, an extensive selection of whiskey, wine and signature cocktails such as the Tilted Tea, Caribbean Kilt or Texas Paloma, it’s likely that at least one of the toasts found in the Kilt Crafted Drink Menu will be recited more than once every night. The wine list will be expanding in the coming months.

It’s obvious from the custom wood tables and bar that include charging stations next to every purse hook, that a lot of thought went into the design, layout and décor of the Tilted Kilt, giving it that upscale feel. To further enhance the guest experience, Croft designed the keyhole-shaped tables specifically so that groups of 8-10 people could all sit together and still be able to interact with everyone in their group. The 24-top Captain’s tables are curved and custom made to fit the layout of the building. There are booths along the walls in one section and cocktail tables in another making it easy to adjust the layout of the room into several different private party areas, which can also include a section on the patio with the floor-to-ceiling folding windows that open to the outside.

Which brings us to the massive resort-style patio. With fire and water features, comfy lounge chairs and couches, this outdoor oasis offers guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy the weather. It might be easy for guests to forget they came to watch the game, if there weren’t large HDTVs throughout the patio so they don’t miss a single play. There’s even a bag toss game to help pass the time or entertain the kiddos.

Because this is a sports bar after all, TV bragging rights are in order. With 65 HDTVS and three giant projector screens, (showing at least three different games) there’s not a bad seat in the house and sports fan will be able to watch their favorite team, even it’s not the Texans.
Reservations are available up to a certain time before the game starts, or go “big league” with 20 people or more to receive special VIP treatment that really knocks it out of the park.
Because the room was designed to be easily split into sections, Tilted Kilt is a fantastic venue for parties of all sizes. Email [email protected] for more information or to book your holiday party. Gift cards are available for that special sports fan or holiday gift.

Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. On Tuesdays, Tilted Kilt offers $3 domestic beers and $4 craft beers (no high gravity). Wednesday is industry night with happy hour specials from 3 p.m. to close and a live DJ for entertainment.