*Located: 3700 E Douglas#78 Wichita, KS
Dempsey’s opened around December of last year. I’ve been there to eat three times. Once for lunch around noon, second for dinner around 6pm, and the third and last time was late afternoon between 3pm and 4pm. To summarize – great food, slow service.
My first visit I tried the House Kobe Burger (shallot marmalade, tomato confit and micro arugula) with a side of Fire Fries (house fries tossed in chili oil and chili pepper flakes). The burger was nothing special. The fried did amaze and they seemed pretty tame until I got near the bottom of the basket, then I learned a tip I willingly tell any friend who dares to try it “mix up your fries first, the fire is somewhere near the bottom.”
My second visit I tried the Salmon Burger “made in house from a whole salmon, topped with Nanna’s slaw”, and this time with a side of Truffle Fries (house fries tossed in truffle oil, topped with parmesan and parsley). The salmon was good enough, and I don’t know who “Nanna” is but the slaw was good too. Pretty much I ate the salmon and slaw with a fork of the burger. So far, the only thing I can really rave about are the fries.
The third and last visit, which was this past weekend, I had the Buffalo Bird burger “chicken breast, celery remoulade, bleu cheese cream sauce, house buffalo sauce and lettuce” and a side of the tried and true Truffle Fries. At this point, I believe they are getting sloppier not just with the service but also with the food prep as they progress. I had thought my burger bland until I got to the middle. I guess someone decided to put a spoonful of buffalo sauce on the top of the chicken breast just to fulfill the menu’s list of ingredients.
As for the earlier mention of slow service, I timed the last time I was there and with the Buffalo Bird burger being the main time consuming order, it took between 30 to 45 minutes for the food to arrive, unless I really don’t understand the process of making Truffle Fries.
Yes, the two pictures I have look basically identical. There’s not a lot to say about the presentation, (which should cut down on the serving time as well.) The menu does look enticing, and I hate to be biased, this is, of course, only my opinion.
For a hang out place to grab beer and fries, definitely wouldn’t pass this place up, but the burgers are definitely not worth the wait.