Fado Irish Pub: an Irish tradition in Philly
Philadelphia's Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant is a popular late-night hangout for the party crowd and the quintessential food-and-brew for hungry lunch and supper patrons. With 13 national locations, Fado is a small chain with distinct local flare in each of its restaurants. Avid soccer fans love Fado as well, as all locations broadcast professional soccer games from around the world for patrons to enjoy. Rugby games are also featured.
The dining room is decidedly typical yet unquestionably distinct of lavish Irish pubs. Rich mahogany carpentry, lively Irish folk music, low lighting and an overall happy atmosphere that practically begs customers to sit down and enjoy a pint of Guinness and an authentic corned beef boxty.
Fado's versatile menu features traditional American favorites alongside Irish eats that the whole family will love. Some items even fuse the two: the chicken boxty quesadilla, which comes with grilled chicken and pepper jack cheese sandwiched in between two potato boxties and drizzled with red chili ailoli, is a perfectly delicious example.
Fado's appetizer menu includes more than a dozen savory items that are sure to keep you coming back for more. The Irish Smoked Salmon Bites, which feature icy-cold oak-smoked salmon on a crisp boxty with blini capers, onions, lemons and a horseradish sauce; corned beef rolls with creamy mustard and sweet slaw rolled into a thin boxty; or Fado's own mozarella-tomato potato flat bread with basil and sweet onions all make perfect pre-meal choices.
Fado's dinner menu features a healthy combination of American and Irish favorites like salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrees. If salads are your staple, try the Bleu Crunch: field greens and crumbled bleu cheese, tomatoes, onions, bacon and pecans tossed in a homemade vinaigrette. If burgers and sandwiches more your speed, try the Mushroom Bleu burger with sauteed mushrooms, crumbled bleu cheese and all of the fixins', or the Pulled Lamb French Dip with melted cheddar on a toasted baguette and a side of lamb au jus for dipping.
Entrees include fish and chips; bangers and mash; corned beef and cabbage and homemade shepherd's pie among other Irish specialties like boxties and pub steak.
An order of Fado's famous bread pudding is the perfect end to your Fado's experience.
Reservations aren't required and dress is casual.
Posted on January 24, 2010 by LeeAnn Mullen