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1055 Taylor Ave., Towson. Hours: 9 a.m. to 11

p.m. Mondays to Thursdays; 9 a.m. to midnight

Fridays; noon till midnight Saturdays; noon till

10 p.m. Sundays. (410) 337-2424.

You might think that a food establishment bearing the name of a baseball player would be more concerned with memorabilia than menu, but Rick Dempsey's manages to combine them nicely, thank you.

There are photos, a nice mural of some Dempsey antics, and some player signatures on the wall. But there are also 24 unusual pizzas on the menu (Mr. Dempsey's uniform number), plus sandwiches, New York deli-style sandwiches, a half-dozen salads, two pasta dishes, two calzones, frozen yogurt (with a walk-up window) and breakfast offerings. And there are party trays as well.

Pizzas come in 10- , 12- and 18-inch sizes and include Rick's Special (mozzarella, Parmesan, asiago and Romano cheeses plus mushrooms) and the Roma pizza (artichoke hearts, basil, olives and tomato sauce with mozzarella and Parmesan. We sampled a Mexican pizza -- ground beef, tomato, onion, Cheddar and lettuce with salsa. It would have been delightful for the mix of ingredients alone, but it was outstanding for the sparklingly fresh taste of the ingredients. And at $13.50 for the largest size, it was good value -- more than two people could eat at one sitting.

Also offered the night we were there were two dinner specials: TTC shells stuffed with crab and a garden salad, $9.95; and Signature meatloaf with potatoes and a garden salad, $6.95.

This is a tiny place, with only a couple of stools at a small counter, though there are a few tables outside on a patio. But there is a television, and while we waited for our pizza to bake, we watched women's Olympic swimming events.

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