Fado’s Irish Pub

fado shepherd's pie

Posting has been sparse this past few days, as I’ve been recovering from my San Francisco trip from last weekend. The work week is always so hard to come back to after a getaway! The good news is, a whole lot of great food was had on the trip, and I’ve loads of posts to work on from it! Meanwhile, I’m going to clear off some of the backlog here.

Ah….Irish pubs. I love a good pub. It makes me wanna chug a pint of ale or beer, and I usually don’t drink either of those things. There’s something I really love about Fado’s Irish Pub in Chinatown. Maybe it’s the interesting, somewhat mismatched decor on the inside, blending odd, random pillars with authentic stained glass and woodwork from Ireland. It’s so unique and welcoming, somehow. It’s always bustling here, and I think for good reason. Obviously it’s in a great location, but the ale is good here, and the food is delicious (and relatively cheap).

Nothing really rivals Alton Brown’s excellent shepherd’s pie, but Fado’s is actually quite good. Pictured above, it’s served in a shallow dish with a side of garden salad and two slices of hard, grainy bread. I’ve ordered it at least 3 times, and it always comes piping hot! The mashed potatoes have a great crusty finish, and the filling is always flavorful.

fado fish chips

My friend ordered the very traditional fish & chips, also quite excellent. The fish was especially good!

fado quesadilla

The vegetable quesadilla was unfortunately not as up to par. Looks like they do better with more traditional Irish/British fare. (Though I guess it’s pretty typical bar food).

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