Sometimes you just need the Boys of Summer. Maybe it’s cold and windy. Maybe the Orioles just traded Nick Markakis. Maybe it’s noon and time for lunch.
Dempsey’s is there for you.
Two rooms in the warehouse adjacent to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant is a popular spot during baseball season. They have decent pub food, four refreshing beers brewed in-house, and a seat close enough to the action at Camden yard you can hear the roar of the crowd.
Off season, the airy restaurant offers Ravens game day specials and even trivia night. On a Thursday at noon, the crowd is much smaller but, it’s still a comfortable friendly place for a beer (or a flight of all four of their own.) We stopped in after a visit to Sports Legends Museum for lunch. We had had our fill of the glory days of the Orioles and Ravens, reminiscing about the days of old stadiums and memorable games. With three generations in our party, we had had a lot to talk about. So we were hungry.
We chose a flight of the house brews, Rain Delay IPA, Rick’s Red Ale, Wild Pitch Wheat and the ’83 Golden Ale. The best? It was a split decision: one for the ’83 Golden Ale, one for the Wild Pitch Wheat. Light, refreshing, all of them washed down our barbecue sandwich, flatbread and panini quite nicely. The food was fine — let’s hear it for their Old Bay chips and the flat bread also got a rave. The barbecue sandwich was made with duck breast, a sign of the chef’s creativity.
The walls are adorned with memorabilia of Rick Dempsey’s days as a catcher for the Orioles. We may love him as a baseball commentator now but we loved him as an Oriole, too. He not only was good, he was fun.
And his restaurant makes a nice place to stop when you need a side of baseball memories with that sandwich. BTW, if you can park right in front of the restaurant. There are marked spaces for Dempsey’s. If you get your ticket validated, parking is free. Nice in a city where parking is rarely free.
© Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman
Photo of beer flight by Gina Truitt