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Jack Dempsey's Restaurant Review: Jack Dempsey, once a high-profile newspaper reporter with a big personality, is the local character for whom this restaurant is named. Situated in the Bywater neighborhood, the place occupies a converted Creole cottage. Nothing fancy, it has a homey interior derived from bright red tablecloths, low ceilings and wood-paneled walls. A fried okra “appetizer” brings forth enough of these tasty pointed pods for a small family. The "small" fried-seafood platter yields a steep mound of fish, shrimp, oysters, soft-shell crab, stuffed crab, either french fries or baked macaroni and cheese, and a cup of gumbo. The lack of a tempting dessert list is a blessing, in fact, but since you're here, try a Barq’s root beer float for a classic New Orleans meal-ender. Bypass the wine list and think beer or cocktails with dinner. Reservations are a no-no, so expect to wait in line on weekends. Dinner closes early, at 8 p.m. during the week and at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, so plan accordingly.