In press releases leading up to the opening of McFadden's, the key phrase was “The Irish Are Coming,” but the surface is about as far as they reach. There are some large fixtures in place that are somewhat convincing. A windowed wall that divides the massive space into two rooms is painted the color of stout beer, and looks like it could be found along an Irish street. However, going to the cavernous Addison bar for an Irish pub experience is a lot like going to a Tex-Mex restaurant in Dublin in hopes of an authentic meal. The staples are there: Guinness, Bass and Smithwicks are on tap, along with cheap shots of Jameson, but the heart – it's all Addison.
It's a tacky, smoky bar. Not a restaurant. The music is way too ~LOUD~ to talk.
The food was lousy, and in small portions. There was nothing remotely Irish, or even English, about it. The menu online is out of date.
Our table ordered the so-called Shepherd's Pie ($13), which was 80% mashed potatoes, 15% vegetables, and 5% hamburger mixed with TVP (ground soy beans immitating beef) . It had no gravy whatsoever. It was served with an oily piece of Texas toast, which was the tastiest irem on the table.
We also ordered the Fish'n'Chips ($12), which turned out to be 3 previously-frozen Van De Camp's fish fingers - about 3/4" x 3/4" x 4". The menu said it was served with cole slaw, but it arrived in a tiny paper cup, holding about a tablespoon. There was actually more tartar sauce than cole slaw. It was served with about 15 French Fries.
Service was horrible. There was *one* waitress for the entire place. She took our glass of water, and never returned with it. The food arrived cold. The tartar sauce had a crusty film over it, where it had been sitting too long.
To add insult to injury, the Groupon we used **required** a large tip. Way too large for the service given. I can't recall ever NOT tipping, but I was sorely tempted.