On a recent Sunday funday I found myself out with friends, drinking beers, watching football and enjoying another glorious Sunday afternoon in Southern California. We left the crazy frat party like atmosphere of Brick + Mortar and headed to the cool and calm Finn McCool’s which was right down the block. We claimed an empty part of the bar directly across from a big screen & ordered up the first of several rounds. When happy hour (yep-they have a Sunday happy hour even during football games!) rolled around, I perused the menu and ordered the Irish Nachos-against the advice of one of my friends who warned me they weren’t very good…but, I was hungry and have had really yummy Irish nachos in the past so decided to give them a try (plus, I do run a Nacho blog!). When they finally arrived I was super excited, they looked tasty & I eagerly popped one of the thick cut potatoes into my mouth. All I tasted was bland nothingness. I was amazed that even with cheese, Irish bacon, Sour Cream and tomato salsa they still tasted…bland. Never in my life have I eaten this combination of foods where it had completely no taste. It still baffles me as to how they managed to pull this off. I really want to eat there again to see if their other options have the same problem. I’m hoping not because I really liked the atmosphere of the bar, plus it’s in a great location along Main Street in Santa Monica! And I have a soft spot in my heart for Irish bars…doesn’t everyone?!
Toppings: Cheddar cheese, Irish bacon, sour cream and tomato salsa…all bland. 1/5 stars
Topping to potato ratio: This was pretty good overall I thought…had they tasted good & I eaten more I think I would have been pretty satisfied with this category. 5/5
Freshness: I guess it appeared freshly made? Not to be redundant (Redundancy Department of Redundancy is one of my favorite sayings on a t-shirt!), but the tomato salsa appeared to be made fresh, but lacked any flavor so either it was made too fresh & the flavors didn’t have time to marinate together or it was so old it just sucked. My palate really couldn’t tell the difference with this one:( 2.5/5
Crunchiness of chips: I’m going to count the texture of the potato on this one which was pretty spot on-not too mushy, not too crisp. Baby bear would say it was “just right”! 5/5
Creativeness: At most of the Irish bars/restaurants I’ve been to they have some form of Irish nachos on the menu so I didn’t think this was any more creative than most. I do think they attempted to do something different with the tomato salsa vs. regular tomatoes, so I’ll give them a few stars! 2/5
Total: 14.5/25 stars