Big HD screens, a menu of savory pub fare, and hospitable, scantily kilted servers, whom the restaurant calls cast members, populate the Tilted Kilt’s lively, Celtic-inspired consumption quarters. Return from a rousing billiards game to celebrate the sunken eight-ball with a creatively topped flatbread pizza ($7.99¬–$9.99) or cue up a pulled-pork sandwich with Guinness barbecue sauce ($8.99) and sink it into the stomach pocket. Tackle the classic Big Arse hamburger ($8.99), beer-battered fish 'n' chips ($10.99), or a pregame helping of crispy wings in three different sauces ($9.99/lb.), all delivered by mini-kilt-clad waitresses. While eating, drinking from a selection of 24 on-tap beers, and editing the rules of basketball to make it moon-friendly, sports fans can plant themselves throughout the spacious eatery to observe games in high definition on 19 big-screen TVs.
Since 1998, FuNuGyz Sports Grill has been known in Peoria as a popular hangout and exciting sports tavern with quality pub cuisine and Mexican dishes. Featuring live musical sets, televised sporting events like UFC matches, and hosting an ongoing poker tournament, the bar strives to keep patrons entertained and connected while satisfying their bellies and elevating their spirits.
Stinger's Sports Bar & Grill sates sports fanatics with a menu of standard pub provender, 16 beers on tap, and a plethora of flat-screen TVs. Cooks lovingly marry french fries with an octuplet of combos ($5–$8), including pork fritters ($7), brats ($7), and fish 'n' chips ($8), and buffalo wings ($0.50 each; 10-wing minimum), and personal pizzas ($5–$7) dance a bacchanalian jig with all-day, everyday Bomber specials. Like sleeping under a fluffy blanket of pancakes, plates keep warm beneath all-day servings of breakfast foods, including the bacon or sausage breakfast burrito ($6) and The Stinger ($6), a new york strip steak and eggs that carry out platter wars over territory with hash browns and toast. DJ sets on Friday and Saturday and karaoke Monday–Thursday fill the bar with amateur and professional tunes, and send feet shuffling round the dance floor.
Hearty, comforting diner-style meals are the foundation of SJ’s Sports Grill. Diners choose their satisfying meals from the restaurant’s menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner feasts with all the trimmings, such as a breakfast of buttermilk pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and home fries. At dinner, they can tuck into a 12-ounce rib-eye steak accompanied by a baked potato, veggies, salad, and dinner roll. Nearly every dish diners choose comes with expertly seasoned french fries or home fries for a well-rounded comfort food plate. To wash down rib-sticking burgers or pork chops at dinner, guests can sip draft beers, glasses of wine, or mixed drinks.
Arizona shares more than a border with the Mexican state of Sonora. Though they belong to different countries, the two states share the same desert topography and, thus, many of the same culinary traditions. Valle Luna highlights and celebrates these traditions with a menu of Sonoran–style tacos, sopas, and pedazos inspired by the rare genius of its founder, Tia Rita. Surprisingly, Valle Luna’s story began not in Arizona but in upstate New York. Tia journeyed to Syracuse in the 1970s, bringing with her the recipes she gleaned from her childhood in the Sonoran Desert. After earning a number of awards and accolades in New York, Tia returned to warmer climes and founded the original Valle Luna on West Bell Road in Phoenix, where her food continued earn rave reviews until her passing in 2008. Today, Tia's family carries on her legacy at three locations spread across the Valley. They’ve even added to her original menu, crafting such genre-defying dishes as Mexican potato skins, choco tacos, and salsa-stuffed piñatas.
In more ways than one, Upper Crust is the best of two worlds. Though the menu was inspired by Brooklyn pizza parlors—evidenced by stromboli and thin-crust specialty pies—there are also slightly more upscale dishes, such as stuffed mushrooms and crème brûlée. Beyond the all-ages dining room, a separate wine bar for guests 21 and over features Old World and New World varietals, as well as a rotating selection of craft beers. Throughout the space, the red-and-white checkered tablecloths feel familiar, but plasma TVs and corrugated metal panels over brick walls introduce modern touches.