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McFadden’s Irish Pub

Posted by gingerbreadpirate on December 9, 2009

While the wife and I were in Vegas, the first night we were there, we were exhausted.  The jetlag was taking its toll on us, and both of us were struggling with mild colds (the Wife more than I, sadly).  While we were staying at the Rio, we just decided to go down from our room and find something close by, so we could get back and get to bed.

Downstairs, we found McFadden’s Irish Pub.  Now, the restaurant didn’t look like what you’ll find in the video on their web page.  It looked like a low-key, remarkably well-lit, restaurant and bar just off the casino floor at the hotel.  An old Irish salutation met us as we walked in; litterally meaning “a hundred thousand welcomes.

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The bar looked like it had a great beer selection, but with us both feeling sick, we decided to opt not to have any alcohol.  I’m not sure if our immune systems thanked us for it or not, but I’m sure it didn’t hurt.

We missed a picture of the menu, sorry.  The food was reasonably priced, however, considering Vegas is notorious for over-priced food (or at least has been since 2006).  It had standard bar fare, though, with some Irish flare, and a special addition that, despite the fact that neither of us were particularly starving, we couldn’t help but try; fried mac n’ cheese.

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Well, as I mentioned, we weren’t too hungry, and we knew we would be going to bed shortly, so we tried for a lighter fare.  I had the apple salad.  It was very good, but a little heavy on the raspberry vinaigrette dressing at times.

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The Wife went for a bowl of “Irish Onion” soup and a side of fries.  The fries were bigger than both of us were expecting.

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I think we were both satisfied with our meals, but we would generally not recommend McFadden’s as a dining option.  Vegas has so many great places to dine, the fare wasn’t great, and the environment was dead.  Perhaps if things were a little more like the video on the web site, and you were looking for a more exciting atmosphere, then maybe.  With VooDoo on the top floor of the hotel, however, I would think if you were looking for atmosphere, you’d just take the elevator to the 50th floor.

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3 Responses to “McFadden’s Irish Pub”

  1. Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers said

    I will add that, if I remember correctly, those were the best fried mac n cheese I’ve ever had! The soup was generally tasty too, but McFaddens was just a convenient place to eat – not somewhere we’d seek out if we were staying somewhere else.

  2. Everytime I go to Vegas I have bad meals. I have been 4 times and am yet to have a good meal there. That’s okay though, I like to gamble, so we still have fun.

    • There are so many crummy places to eat in Vegas. It seems that sub-par food passes as “reasonable”, simply because of ambiance and location. McFadden’s generally meets that mark (mac n’ cheese aside). Having been there SEVERAL times, I can say that there is some good food to be had; Fatburger, Monte Carlo Brewpub, Cheesecake Factory in Ceasars’, Hoffbrauhaus Las Vegas, there’s a nice Moroccan restaurant not far off the north side of the Strip… it’s out there, you just need to find it. Otherwise, you WILL be settling for crummy, overpriced food. If you’re headed back, let us know, and we’ll come up with some suggestions!

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