Fado Irish Pub Unveils New Menu in TIme for Saint Patrick’s Day

New “shareable” plates, customizable fries, and fabulous sliders

Wedges of Crisp Potato Boxty with Rich Cheese Sauce
At a recent event (an Irish whiskey tasting, presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey....what, did you think I was going to turn that down?) at Fado Irish Pub, I was lucky enough to get to sample specialties from their new menu.

I have always thought of Fado as a place to drink and hear Irish music (of which I am very fond), rather than as a destination restaurant. As the folks at Fado themselves have often joked, “One never says, 'Hey- tonight should we do sushi, Italian or Irish?'”.

Smoked Salmon on Boxty Bites with Light Horseradish Sauce and Capers
This new menu could change all that. Everything I tasted was impressive. To begin with, a full page of the menu is devoted to chips, or as we call them here in America, fries. Fado has instituted a “Chip Shop”, where diners can customize their chips in a number of remarkable ways. Chips can either be Thick cut or Thin cut, served with your choice of seven sauces (including Guiness Mayonnaise, Red Chili Aoili, BBQ Sauce and Curry Sauce), or they can be served topped. The toppings are especially wonderful: Fresh Rosemary and Parmesan, Black Pudding and Chimichurri, Harp Lager Cheese Sauce and Bacon, and Pulled Lamb and Peppercorn Sauce.
Chips with Rosemary and Parmesan
Fado has also embraced the Irish creation, “Boxty”. Boxty is best described as a potato crisp; a sort of flat, fried potato bread, perfect for dipping. One of the new dishes is Cheese Dip and Boxty Wedges, which is not unlike an purely Irish queso experience, really marvelous. ($8.95)

Boxty is also topped with smoked salmon, capers, light horseradish sauce and red onion to make Smoked Salmon Bites ($8.95). I can’t imagine a better base than Boxty for these delectable morsels. The fried potato and smoked salmon were absolutely harmonious, perfectly matched, the warm and crunchy Boxty accenting the chilled, smoky salmon.

Delectable Lamb Slider with Caramelized Onions and Jus
But the best was saved for last: Bleu Cheese Lamb Sliders($10.95). On a soft slider bun, tender lamb is topped with caramelized onions and bleu cheese, then served with a side of lamb au jus for dipping. I could happily have eaten a dozen, and it wasn't just the whiskey talking.

If you haven’t had dinner at Fado in a few years, it is definitely time to go back. This Sunday, Fado will be holding their biggest St. Patrick’s Day Party to date! The doors will open at 9 am. An outdoor street festival will start at noon, with two stages featuring live music from ESPADA, Mysterious Ways, Traveler, The Enemies, Flash Point, Raising Jane, The Tea Merchants, and Sean Orr!

Fado Irish Pub, 214 West 4th St., (512) 457-0172, www.fadoirishpub.com

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11:15am - 2am everyday Saturday/Sunday: Open early - 2.15am

Kitchen Hours: Monday - Thursday: Full Menu until 10:30pm Friday: Full menu until 10:30pm, Apps only 10:30pm - midnight Saturday: Full Brunch Menu until 3pm, Full menu until 10:30pm, Apps only 10:30pm - midnight Sunday: Full Brunch Menu until 3pm, Full menu until 10:30pm

Keep up with all our SXSW coverage at austinchronicle.com/sxsw. Sign up for our South-by-specific newsletter at austinchronicle.com/newsletters/ for news, reviews, and previews delivered to your inbox every day of the Fest. And for the latest Tweets, follow @ChronSXSW.

More Restaurant news
Gotta Lot More Restaurant News
Gotta Lot More Restaurant News
A few more hot food news items that just couldn't wait

Virginia B. Wood, July 24, 2014

Glowing Neon and Hot Fryers at New Lucy's Fried Chicken
Glowing Neon and Hot Fryers at New Lucy's Fried Chicken
We've got a hot basket of restaurant news online this week

Virginia B. Wood, Sept. 12, 2013

More by Kate Thornberry
The Year in Food
Top 10 Austin Food Blogs
The 2014 tastes we just couldn't stop thinking about

Jan. 2, 2015

Season's Eatings
Season's Eatings
Our guide to finally shutting up your in-laws

Dec. 5, 2014


Restaurant news, SXSW: Rest of the Fest, Fado, St. Patrick's Day

AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)