Now, I know that as of recently, I have been giving a lot of places perfect scores. But that’s because I only go to the best places (::insert ego boost here::)! But, here in Vegas, the Mad Onion: Fine Food & Spirits is one of those places that have its ups and downs.
According to Yelp, this 24-hour restaurant in the Las Vegas area has a 3/5. Several reviewers say that the wait is long and the food is messy. But considering that the restaurant serves $.25 wings after midnight and have $9.95 Prime Rib / Beef Brisket everyday I found this not only to be a deal but a large meal as well!
Upon arrival we were a little confused about where they were serving food (our party thought that the food was being served at Hooters…. $.25 wings + Hooters, well you do the math). But when we found out that the Mad Onion was serving and when we saw the menu… well here’s the rundown.
Location: This place is on the Las Vegas strip and is very noticeable (no one can miss the large Hooters logo and the freaky looking owl.). Also, a lot of people on the strip usually head here after a night of hardcore partying so finding the place if you’re piss drunk is not a problem; Just follow the crowds. (5/5)
Customer Attention: Again, according to Yelp, a lot of people indicate that the wait is long the minute that the $.25 wing special starts. For my party, it took less than 10 minutes to be seated (considering the amount of people that was good!) and less than 30 seconds for our waiter Roderick to return with water and a nice smile every time he tried to accomodate us. (5/5)
Food Preparation: Keep in mind that after midnight this place gets packed. Luckily my party wasn’t there long enough to see the craziness and I’ve never been here during normal business hours. So with that in mind, I’m not too sure on how the restaurant prepares food but I must say that the way that is was presented to us was pretty mediocre. For the starter (a Jalapeno muffin), it was plopped on a plate and just had a small amount of butter on the side. nothing on the table to add more or anything. Secondly, as our food came out, it looked like it was also plopped on the plate. Very similar to how you would put food on your plate during a potluck or a party. (1/5)
Taste: For the taste, I ordered the BBQ Brisket. Now for those of you that know me, I’m pretty fond of Phil’s BBQ in San Diego and nothing could ever tell me otherwise. And you know what, I’m right! The brisket I had was not good and it was not bad. I felt that the side of potatoes were too dry and the chunks of potatoes were a little much, the corn was mushy and the meat didn’t have enough BBQ sauce. On the other hand, the potatoes were served in a generous proportion, the corn was a small but satisfying piece, and the brisket was EXTREMELY TENDER! (3.5 / 5)
Overall: Overall, Mad Onion is a great place for food after you have been “getting your drink on” on the strip. With decently priced food and great customer service, it’s easy to except the okay food and crummy presentation. I give this restaurant a C. On a side note, I would love to give mad props to our waiter Roderick who helped us out by accommodating to us by refilling drinks and asking how things were and by giving me an equal amount of change ($24) rather than the exact amount ($23.08).
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115 EAST TROPICANA AVENUE, LAS VEGAS, NV 89109