D'Arcy McGee's

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Tempe Marketplace
2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Shops B, Suite B5 (Gray), Tempe
480-557-9087

Yes, it's a corporate restaurant, and Holy Toledo! it hails from Canada, which I've never thought of as a refuge for shamrock-loving, Guinness-swigging Irishmen. But whatever its background, this local link in a small, carefully-run chain does a bang-up job of turning out tasty Irish dishes as well as good old American pub grub. Dark wood, a handsome bar, color pictures of green, green Ireland and apothecary doodads lend quasi-authenticity to the decor, while the menu offers everything you'd expect from a self-respecting Irish pub: shepherd's pie, boxty, colcannon and fish and chips. You'll also find a few dishes you're not likely to see elsewhere: Scotch eggs, for example, which are hard-cooked eggs, wrapped in banger sausage, deep-fried, sliced in quarters and served with apricot-mustard chutney. Delish. The same is true for mini Yorkshire puddings, which are not pudding at all but rather tiny popovers, their cavities filled with Guinness-braised, boneless short ribs, then blanketed with a melt of aged Cheddar. By the way, breaded and fried haddock, accompanied by sea salt-sprinkled fries, is excellent. Save room for a massive block of raisin-studded bread pudding, drizzled with creme Anglaise. I'm not sure the Irish usually eat this well. Lunch and dinner daily. $-$$