Full disclosure – I have known Mark Dempsey, the proprietor of Dempsey’s, for many years since we were both involved in
politics in the
mid- to late 1980’s. This review,
however, is based on the quality of the food, service, and ambiance, not any
association I may have with Mark. Franklin
Fortunately, my experience at Dempsey’s makes it easy to share that disclosure because my first visit to Dempsey’s was a very enjoyable one. I had wanted to stop in the restaurant since it opened in March of this year, but it was a Living Social voucher ($20 coupon for $10) that finally got me and Lori in the door.
The restaurant is located on the corner of High and Mound Streets in downtown
, across the
street from the new county courthouse and within walking distance of many
government and other offices. There is
definitely a political vibe to the restaurant.
Photographs of local, state, and national political figures adorn the
walls, but the highlight is the political button collection that is displayed
on the walls of the back room. The collection,
on loan from a friend of both Mark’s and mine, contains memorabilia from the 19th
century to the present! Columbus
But this is a food blog, isn’t it…
My meal started with the Cream of Mushroom soup ($4.75) that contained button, crimini, and portabella mushrooms. The mushrooms were flavorful and provided a nice texture to the creamy soup.
For my entrée, I selected two small plate offerings, the Seared Jumbo Scallops ($8.25) and the Lamb Lollypops ($10.95). I generally don’t order scallops because, more often than not, I receive a plate of bland and rubbery sea denizens that are overpriced and leave me disappointed and unsatisfied. This was certainly not the case with Dempsey’s scallops! Without a doubt, these were the most delicious scallops I have ever had! Served with a black bean and corn salsa, the scallops were seasoned so well that, even after eating my other small plate as well as a dessert, I still had the taste of the scallops on my lips on my drive home! Scrumptious!
Not to be outdone, the Lamb Lollypops were very tender and very good. The three small chops were served atop a nice portion of mashed redskin potatoes. They were so good that, after using my knife and fork to separate the meat from the bones, I had to pick them up and, not so decorously, make sure I nibbled all of the tender meat that I could reach!
Lori once again declared her entrée, the Dempsey Steak Salad ($12.95), to be very good.
Lori and I will often share a dessert and this evening was no different. We decided to sample the Jameson Bread Pudding ($4.95). It proved to be a nice ending to a delicious dinner. The Jameson Irish Whiskey was distinctive, but not at all overpowering.
Our server, Nick, was very attentive, visiting our table often to ensure our satisfaction.
I highly recommend Dempsey’s and will definitely be back!