Cheap Eats Specials-savvy diners belly up to bar

The Philly cheese-steak sandwich with fries and a 16-ounce Yuengling

It isn’t situated in historic downtown Dublin, but Mary Kelley’s has the same type of congenial feeling as bars found there.

Beyond an Irish burger with Guinness-braised onions, a football-sized Reuben and a few Irish beers on tap, however, the restaurant forgoes Emerald Isle-inspired fare for traditional American pub grub.

A massive stone fireplace divides the dimly lighted, Celtic-decorated restaurant into two spaces: a dining room with plenty of booths and tables, and a cozy pub area with a handsome horseshoe-shaped bar.

Mary Kelley’s lures bargain-seeking diners with $5 specials from 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays in the bar area.

The deal covers a plate of food accompanied by 16 ounces of draft Yuengling lager.

• The special on Mondays: a juicy Black Angus burger — topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles and a choice of cheese on a soft grilled bun — with thick-cut steak fries.

• Tuesdays: a pound of the popular chicken wings — hot and spicy, Oriental, barbecue or habanero. The wings are served with blue-cheese or ranch dressing and traditional celery sticks.

• Wednesdays: a 10-inch thin-crust pizza — cheese, pepperoni or tomato-basil Margherita.

• Thursdays: a meaty Philly cheese-steak sandwich with steak fries.

Once things start rocking in the evening at the lively pub, visitors want to stay for another round (or three).

Source: Shelley Mann, dispatch.com

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