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Dempsey's Irish-American Grill

View Map6520 S. Cicero, Chicago
Tel: (708) 594-5500
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Inform your date that you will be dining in a restaurant adjacent to a Mariott near Midway Airport, and the rendezvous might end before it even begins. But if you can actually get someone out to Dempsey's, it will not be a wasted evening. The restaurant serves as a tribute to Irish-American boxer Jack Dempsey, bragging a pair of his gloves encased in glass near the entry way, an elevated dining area roped off to resemble a boxing ring and countless photos and newspaper clippings cluttering the walls.

The menu is reflective of the cause with Shepard's pie and a brothy chicken dish made with Irish whiskey, but it also branches out with a damn fine, and fancy, salmon dish. A generous basket of bread is served before you order, complete with two swirls of butter: one lightly sweetened, the other herbed. Two other points of notice: Dempsey's French onion soup is some of the most decadent in the Midwest (its fortitude helps fend off the much less robust Musak playing in the dining room); and on Saturday night there's a prime rib buffet for only $24.95. You might want to get a room.

Average cost: $21-$30

Centerstage Reviewer: J. Tyson

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6 a.m.-10:30 p.m. daily

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