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The Marlay House Restaurant Review: More than a restaurant, The Marlay House is a classic pub gathering place and a home-away-from-home for Irish ex-pats. Dark woods, low lighting and intimate subspaces create an interesting atmosphere. Chef Zach Thigpen keeps the faith with traditional Irish comfort fare classics of shepherd’s pie (although made with beef), Guinness-braised beef brisket and fish ‘n’ chips, along with Irish breakfast at weekend brunch. American pub grub includes a burger and a good meatloaf. Among the Southern touches are shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, collard greens and mac 'n' cheese. Dense chocolate Guinness-infused cake is the dessert choice, but apple raisin bread pudding is available, too. There’s a wine list, but this is brew heaven, with choices that range across the globe, including many on draught as well as by the bottle. St. Patrick’s Day is taken seriously here. Euro football (soccer, that is) is the frequent bill of fare on the TVs. Insider's tip: Inexplicably, the good bangers and mash with onion gravy aren't listed on the menu, but if you ask for them, they appear in a twinkling.