Tilted Kilt – Chicago Ridge, IL
Finding time to get home now that I have a weekend job isn’t easy. Since I just started, I have no time off, but fortunately, J has quite a bit. She decided to take a few days off so we could go see our nieces again. The quick, one day trip we took a week ago just wasn’t enough.
On almost any trip to see my family, we stop by J’s parents first. Since they’re in the Chicago suburbs, it’s on the way home and it breaks the trip up for us…especially if we’re traveling overnight.
Before heading south, we decided to eat lunch with J’s mom. For quite a while now, we’ve always joked about going to a place called Tilted Kilt in Chicago Ridge. It’s kind of been an inside joke due to a conversation at a family party, but I got curious one night and looked at the menu. It actually looked really good, so I sort of jokingly mentioned it to J and she was on board.
The Tilted Kilt is a chain of Celtic themed restaurants that got started in Vegas. Describing the place as an Irish Hooter’s is a pretty fair assessment. The atmosphere is actually really nice. It’s a great sports bar with a somewhat rustic decor that gives the feeling of an Irish pub. The waitresses, however, sort of bring the class of the place down a little. The joint is a haven for “all-men” businesses lunches, creepy old guys, and douchebags who think they can score with a waitress. The uniforms include very sort plaid skirts, knee high stockings, and plaid push-up bras sort of covered by a skimpy white top. It’s a little classier than a Hooters…but only a little.
There are four location in the Chicago area. The Chicago Ridge location is at the corner of 95th and Ridgeland in the parking lot of the Westfield Chicago Ridge Shopping Mall.
We walked in to find a hostess station right by the door. After that, we were taken to a table in the corner of the large dining room behind a pillar. Both J and her mom joked about me sitting with my back to the restaurant. How was I going to enjoy the view? We looked over the menus for a long time before a waitress finally noticed us. Again, the ladies joked about how we weren’t a group of guys so we were being ignored. True? I don’t know, but it did take a while for a waitress to come over.
We put in drink orders which were Coke products. J’s mom got an iced tea. Our waitress came right back with the drinks and we were ready to order.
I went with the Black ‘n Bleu burger. That’s a 10 oz. Angus beef patty topped with bleu cheese and shoestring onions on a fresh bun. I left the onions off. The burger was actually very tasty. The bun was light and airy and the meat was still juicy despite the fact there was no pink left in. At first, I thought they skimped on the cheese a little bit, but I got a little bit of tang in every bite. The sandwich came with fries which were skin on and fried crispy. They were covered in a seasoned salt and fresh parsley.
J went with the chicken tender wrap. A jalapeno tortilla is filled with hand breaded buttermilk chicken tenders that were dipped in the sweet and spicy sauce, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and ranch dressing. The construction of the wrap was not something she was a fan of. Instead of shredded cheese, they used a slice of provolone and wrapped the chicken in. It was almost like there was a cheese wrap inside the tortilla. There was so much of the sauce that it made the chicken tenders soggy and it was dripping out the bottom of the tortilla. She held half of the wrap up at one point and there was a stream of liquid coming out of the bottom. She ate most of it and said it was alright, but could have been better. She was a big fan of the fries that came with her meal though. She like crispy, skin on fries and that’s exactly what these were.
J’s mom ordered the Spicy Black Bean Veggie Wrap which must have been a special today since I can’t find it on the menu. It was a spinach tortilla filled with a spicy black bean, corn, and tomato combination, lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, and a tzatziki sauce. She seemed to really like her wrap eating half and packing the second half to take home. She said it had just a little bit of a kick to it from the spicy black beans. Her wrap came with sweet potato fries which again got nothing but compliments.
Our bill was right at $40 which is expensive. All of our sandwiches were ten bucks. After the initial wait, our service was actually pretty good and we were able to eat and get out pretty quickly.
I actually thought the food at the Tilted Kilt was pretty good. Like Hooters, most people who go there don’t go for the food though which is why they can charge more for it and get away with it. Luckily, I’m not a creepy old guy or a douchebag looking to hook up, so the “scenery” does nothing for me.
Right now, there are no Tilted Kilt locations in Michigan, but the chain is expanding, so who knows. Maybe in the future. If this is the kind of thing that interests you, this location in Chicago Ridge or a location in Merriville, IN may be the closest to West Michigan.