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Tilted Kilt coming to Brunswick Square mall

Although the mall isn't advertising it (as they are the forthcoming Panera Bread), Tilted Kilt is opening at Brunswick Square Mall in East Brunswick this summer. I noticed a similar strategy when the Hooters opened on Route 18 a couple of years ago. There was no indication of it coming while construction was taking place. They obviously don't want to stir any grass roots movement as Tilted Kilt, like Hooters, has met resistance in a lot communities where they open. I've been to the Tilted Kilt in Pittsburgh, and the menu is much better than standard bar food fare.

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  1. We went to the one in Myrtle Beach a few months ago. It's actually not that bad. Boyfriend will be a happy camper cause it's 5 minutes from his house & has a nice beer selection. Oh, yeah, he likes the outfits on the barmaids too.

    1. Just an update. Boyfriend made it his mission to get the scoop on this place, so we drove up there & found out Tilted Kilt is scheduled to open mid-July. It will be going in in between Ruby Tuesday's & Jacques Pennay, but will only be accessible from the parking lot. There will be no access into it from the mall.

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      1. re: Jerzeegirl

        Good time to open. They should have all the kinks ironed out in time for football season. I was at Hooters a couple of weeks ago, and they are aware that they will soon have additional competition. I live in EB, and my favorite sports bar in town is the Brunswick Grove on Milltown Road. I don't see TK changing that, but I will go there.

        1. re: Jerzeegirl

          Opening tomorrow. How do you miss a planned July opening by two months?

          1. re: ebchower

            In East Brunswick.....it's par for the course.

            1. re: Duppie

              Same thing in Old Bridge. Someone bought out a bar on Englishtown Road that was supposed to open this month, now it's November.

              1. re: Jerzeegirl

                EB's specs and regulations are so stringent for food service. I was actually surprised that the Chipotles,Sushi and yogurt joints opened pretty much on time.

                1. re: Duppie

                  OB is just as bad. I was watching a planning board meeting on tv one night & they were giving the potential business owner such a hard time over such minute little things, that if it was me, I would have said you know what, forget it. Then the town council wonders why nobody wants to do business in town.

                  1. re: Duppie

                    Smashburger is supposed to open there too. But I don't see that they have even started.

                    1. re: ebchower

                      where? Smashburger in OB or EB?

                      1. re: yCf

                        EB. In the same complex as Chiptole.

              2. re: ebchower

                Looks like I know where I'm having lunch !!!

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  Let us know how you liked it. We're planning on visiting over the weekend.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    Opening day is a good time to catch a wardrobe malfunction!

                    1. re: ebchower

                      EBCHOW!!!! Are you insinuating I'm going there for something other than the excellent pizza?!?!?!

                        1. re: jrvedivici

                          Of course not, just like BF is only going there for the zillion different draft beers.

                        2. re: ebchower

                          Well ok I guess you got me there......does anyone know do they even sell pizza?

                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            Their menu shows a selection of flat bread pizzas.

                            1. re: ebchower

                              BF made the effort & went there last night since it's about 10 mins from his house & said everything was fresh, hot & plentiful, including his fish & chips. ;o) There are 24 beers on tap, so he didn't know what or who to look at & drool over first. A 20 oz. draft was $6, not bad considering other places charge $5 or so for either 12 oz. or a pint. We'll be heading there this weekend, so I'll give my own report after the weekend.

                              1. re: Jerzeegirl

                                I hope nothing besides the flat bread pizza is flat (beer, soda, etc.)

                                1. re: ebchower

                                  According to his report, nothing was flat - including the beer.

                                  1. re: Jerzeegirl

                                    Jeeze....I do hope I don't encounter my many neighbor's kids serving there.....
                                    "Well...well...well...My how you've grown dear"

                                    1. re: Duppie

                                      Had dinner here tonight. Walked in and was met by a bevy of girls at the desk. This served to cushion the blow as we were informed of a 45 minute wait. They took down my cell number to call me. We hung out at Barnes & Noble and were called in about 20-25 minutes. Had chicken which came with sides of mashed potatoes and vegetables. It was good, but not a huge portion for the money. Overall it's much more comparable to a Friday's than Hooters. I didn't even pay attention to the revealing tops, bare midriffs and short skirts.

                                        1. re: ebchower

                                          we were there last night too, about 5-ish. We sat at the bar. I had the fried shrimp & there were a lot of shrimp for the money, but neither the shrimp nor the fries that came with it were very hot. I think they may have been sitting a bit before our server brought them over. BF had the spicy sausage sandwich & said it was ok, not as spicy as he would have liked. There were a couple of glitches with the cash registers being slow & we don't like having to give a credit card over to run a tab, so we paid cash as we went. we did enjoy it & definitely will go back.

                    2. As long as I'm back in the swing of posting again I might as well say I have been to this place twice now for lunch on both occasions.

                      As was joked about somewhere in this thread.......if I return it won't be for the pizza!! lol My first time there I got a bowl of stew which was....ehhh ok.....it was served in a very large bowl but once you put the spoon into the bowl for the first taste the spoon is already scraping the bottom. You know that old restaurant trick...big but very shallow bowl.

                      I followed that up with an order of wings......they weren't the best wings I've ever had they weren't the worst wings I ever had. Based on my memory of Hooters (which it's been 10+ years since I've been to one) I would say since the scenery is similar Hooters would win for better wings.

                      My second time I went back for lunch I got a turkey club wrap. Typical club with bacon swiss and lettuce and tomato. It was again ....eehhhh......ok ......it was actually a little watery. Not sure if they just washed the lettuce or what but it was a little drippy as I was eating it.

                      Again.....it's a good place to go for lunch if food is the second thing on your mind!!!

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                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        There's a reason Wall Street refers to these type places as Breastaurants.

                        1. re: ebchower

                          Breastaurants? I don't get it?!?!?! Is their chicken good? {{wink wink}}

                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            It has to do with the fact that the bar can seat many people abreast.

                        2. re: jrvedivici

                          We stopped in on Sunday cause I had to go to Barnes & Noble. I had the grilled chicken tacos which were ok. BF had the fish & chips which he says was very good & it's his favorite there so far. They have this spicy mayo I think it's called hell fire mayo which is really good if you like spicy stuff. It's like mayo with hot sauce in it.

                          1. re: Jerzeegirl

                            Went here tonight for the first time in a while. It's running more smoothly than when it first opened. They are good at making the portions seem larger than they are. My brother ordered the open face meatloaf sandwich. He looked it and said he wouldn't eat both pieces. I knew from experience that it's mostly bread and straw onions. There's not a lot of meat under there. He had no problem with it. My fish & chips were good and my father thought it was a fun place. He was amused with the limericks on the wall. We will likely go again.

                        3. This is just horrific! The mall is not a place for another bar/cheap restaurant. I'm really dismayed at the decision making in East Brunswick. I was in Panera's the other night and there were a lot of people hanging out around the Tilted Kilt outside, loud music and drinking.... not what I would want at a Mall.

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                          1. re: foodieiam

                            I can completely agree I'm not sure a mall setting is the best place for an establishment of that nature. I'm interested to see what is going to happen in the summer, if you didn't notice the entire wall that faces the parking lot is a roll up wall. Similar to a garage door the top half of the wall rolls up and the bottom half of the wall is actually another bar facing the patio then the parking lot. So in the spring/summer there will be outside dining/drinking with-in 30/45 feet of the malls entrance. Not a well devised plan to me.

                            East Brunswick has a long history of poor zoning decisions over the years this just seems to be the latest.

                          2. I went back here yesterday for what is my 4th or 5th visit to this location since their opening. I can honestly say that each time it get's a little worse.

                            Yesterday I ordered their Sloppy Jane sandwich that is either hot or cold roast beef or turkey served on a roll with russian dressing, slice of cheese and cole slaw on the sandwich. Per the menu description it's the cole slaw which makes it sloppy!

                            The sandwich comes out.......open face with the top bun to the side of the plate and I'm looking........I pick up the slice of cheese, looking........I pick up the pile of turkey......looking....no cole slaw on the sandwich at all!! lol the key to the sandwiches name was left off the sandwich!! The place is just a mess......non of the food I have experienced as been anything above fair.

                            I'm only going to give this place a dozen or two more tries to get their act together before I will have to only go once a month!!

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                            1. re: jrvedivici

                              It's valiant of you to ensure a large enough sample size before writing the place off!

                              1. re: ebchower

                                Thank you........I do this for you my fellow chow's!