Don Bauder 6:30 p.m., Sept. 16
Tilted Kilt: Go for the beans!
Hot spot next to Petco gives Dragon's Den a run for its money
Across the road from Dragon’s Den, and right outside Petco Park’s main eastern gates sits the Tilted Kilt (310 10th Avenue, East Village, 619-814-5458).
Not a bad spot to be. On game days anyways.
The Kilt’s all about their gals (and guys) wearing Scottish kilts, but edited a little, and tartan tops, edited a lot. Also about food, for all the thousands who righteously refuse to pay blackmail rates for food inside the ballpark.
So inside, I could see preparations were on for the invasion. It’s a big barn of a place with two island bars. Lots of space for standing around with a drink in your hand talking torque in all those curveballs.
Nora and Kayleigh at the welcome desk said happy hour wouldn’t apply on game days (bummer), but that they still had deals, if I just went sat down.
So I do. First choice, looks like, is do you sit at the bar with the truly giant screens, or the other one where real people are akshully talking.
I head for the talkers. Guys next to me, Brent and Brandon – they’re supervisors at the Marriott Marquis hotel, near the convention center – are just finishing off a plate of three sliders ($7) and buffalo wings ($8). Also drinking mules (whisky, lime juice, ginger beer, $8 each).
I see happy hour, when it happens, gives you things like sliders for $5, wings for $7, bowl of spinach dip for $5. Right now we’re in standard rates. Most everything seems to be, like $10.49. BBQ Bacon cheeseburger, the California burger, Olde Dublin Irish stew. (Actually that’s $10.99.)
So I order a beer from Christina and oh sweet: I see, under "TK Sides" on the menu, they have TK chili with diced onions and cheddar and jack cheeses melted on top for $4.99. I ask for that and actually it’s pretty good with some splots of hot sauce. And filling. And even though it’s a side, you don’t have to order a main to, like, qualify for it. The Irish stew comes in a side size too, also $4.99.
So Vs. Dragon’s Den? The Den has the serve-yourself beer tables, the awesome towers of beer, and nifty Asian meal deals. But, if you’re into it, main weapons here at Tilted Kilt are huge screens, pretty good food, and feasts for ogling male eyes. Play ball!
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