The sexy kilt-wearing servers are a big draw, sure, but they’re not the only thing propelling the rapid growth of the Tilted Kilt. The Tempe-based sports restaurant chain is rapidly opening locations across the country.
Ron Lynch, who bought the national name rights in 2006, has opened 69 Tilted Kilt locations with six in Arizona, and is on track to open more than 30 locations by the end of 2012. The latest Tilted Kilt opened in April across the street from a new Harrah’s casino in downtown Cleveland.
The Tilted Kilt originated in Las Vegas, and was recently named among the nation’s fastest-growing sports-bar restaurants by Technomics and Inc., Lynch said.
Best-selling appetizers include the TK Irish nachos ($6.99), fresh-cooked potato chips covered in cheese, ground beef and tomatoes. The 10-ounce burgers (start at $8.99) are big sellers and make up 23 percent of the restaurant’s sales. The TK Jalapeño Inferno burger ($9.99) comes topped with pepper Jack cheese, house-made spicy mayo and grilled peppers. Burgers are served with choice of side from potato chips, coleslaw or fries. Upgrade your side order (starts at 75 cents) with sweet-potato fries, side salad, cottage cheese, onion rings or garlic fries.
For dinner, try Danny Boy’s shepherd’s pie ($9.99) of seasoned beef, carrots and peas in mushroom gravy with garlic mashed potatoes and cheese. The grilled salmon ($16.99) has steamed veggies and whiskey cream sauce.
Healthy diners can order grilled wings, protein-packed steak salads or blackbean wraps and burgers. And limited-time offers for new dishes run quarterly.
Details: 10:30 a.m.-midnight Monday-Wednesday; 10:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-midnight Sundays. 660 W. Warner Road, Tempe, 480-592-0102. Other locations at tiltedkilt.com.