The smiles and ready pints alone would be enough. But with the added bonus of good food, made in house? Sign us up as regulars, too.

Kelsey's Restaurant

Back story: Kelsey's Restaurant has been a festive and cheery Ellicott City mainstay, serving good pub food alongside Irish beer since 1994.

Parking: Lot in front.

Signature dish: The New "Mayswich" stacks house-braised roast beef with cheddar, fresh greens, beer-battered onion rings and peppery aioli on chewy ciabatta. A sprinkle of salt brings the hearty sandwich's flavors to life.

Where: 8480 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City

Contact: 410-418-9076,

Open: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-midnight Thursday to Saturday (11 p.m.-midnight late night menu). On Sundays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. brunch, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. limited menu, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. full menu

Credit Cards: All major credit cards; No Diners Club

Food: ***

Service: ***

Atmosphere: ***

[Key: Excellent: ****; Good: ***; Fair or Uneven: **; Poor: *]