Lehigh Valley foodies and football fans have a new venue to frequent following Tuesday’s opening of the area’s second Tilted Kilt, at 80 Kunkle Drive in Palmer Township.
The Celtic-themed sports pub, joining the 3-year-old venue on Allentown’s Lehigh Street, serves all of the Arizona-based chain’s signature items, including Gaelic chicken, Irish dip and the “Big Arse” burger.
The 240-seat restaurant, featuring a seasonal outdoor patio, boasts three large projection screens, 52 60-inch televisions and 42 draft beers.
“Since opening on Lehigh Street in 2011, we’ve consistently had guests ask, ‘When’s Tilted Kilt coming to Easton?’ ” said Christine Reehl, who co-owns both pubs with her husband, John. “Well, here we are!”
The building, last occupied by Don Pablo’s restaurant over two years ago, underwent a six-month overhaul that included a new beer cooler, heating and air-conditioning system, kitchen equipment and retractable windows that open during warm weather.
Cosmetic touches include polished concrete floors, amber-lit pendant lighting and wall décor that incorporates bag pipes, limericks and photos in homage to Irish and Scottish culture.
Among the popular menu items are shepherd’s pie, pub pretzels (served with Guinness beer cheese sauce), hand-battered chicken tenders and wings, available in three styles (traditional, boneless and grilled) and six house-made sauces.
“For me, nothing tops the Gaelic chicken, but I also really like the Irish stew,” Christine Reehl said.
In addition to its large beer selection, Tilted Kilt has a 38-seat rectangular bar that serves premium wines, spirits and cocktails such as Baby Irish Stout, Celtic Crush and Tilted Tea.
Happy-hour drink specials (at the bar only) are offered 4-6 p.m. weekdays, while “hoppy hour” appetizer specials are available 3-7 p.m. and 9 p.m. till closing daily.
The chain, with more than 90 locations in the United States and Canada, is known for its servers, the Tilted Kilt Girls, who wear short kilts, plaid bras and not much else.
The waitresses have led the company to adopt the tagline, “A cold beer never looked so good.”
Still, the pubs are family-friendly and offer a children’s menu, said Christine Reehl, adding that the highchairs at the Lehigh Street location are “always in high demand.”
Tilted Kilt, which will hold a grand opening in mid-December, is open 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Info: 610-515-1500 or tiltedkilt.com.