Ahh, Sundays in the fall … a time to gather together in large groups and angrily scream at the television for three hours at a time, while merrily downing beers and a parade of snacks. Yes, football provides a wonderful excuse to head down to the local pub. It’s about as American a tradition as you will find, and it’s good fun for nearly everyone involved.

Unless you are a fan of the New York Giants, like I am. Then, Sundays this fall aren’t such a pretty picture.

Nevertheless, I decided to round up a crew and head to a local bar for the game. We wanted to go somewhere with a good beer and apps selection, so we headed to Vagabond Kitchen and Tap House in Atlantic City.

Vagabond suits the bill perfectly for a day watching the game. Multiple TVs are hung throughout and the sound system that accompanies them is an impressive one. Being we are in South Jersey, of course, the usual crowd of Eagles fans packed the bar, each convinced that somehow this year was going to be “their year.” We opted for a high-top table off to the side where we could watch our beloved Giants get demolished in a more private setting.

As I mentioned, the beer list here is a good one, packed with a constantly rotating variety of suds, and since we were there during game time, a variety of specials were in effect. Our first round included a pair of Yards IPAs, as well as Vagabond’s Arnold Palmer, a mixed drink consisting of Burnett’s Sweet Tea Vodka, lemonade and muddled lemons. The cocktail was well-balanced and not overly sweet with just the right amount of tartness to balance it out.

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East Coast Fries

Apps were half price, and after a fairly strong staff recommendation we ordered the Brussels sprouts, which were served with fried pork belly, garlic, parmesan and chili sauce. I’m not a big fan of vegetable-based apps, but I have to admit these were quite good. We also had the buffalo calamari along with an order of crabby mac and cheese and their famous East Coast fries, an amazingly perfect dish utilizing fresh cut French fries, bacon, sour cream, melted jack-cheddar cheese, spicy ranch aioli and scallions. The food here is simply out of this world. It is pub grub at its absolute best.

By the second half, my poor Giants were taking a beating most, so we opted to head home rather than endure any more punishment. And while the game may have been a letdown, Vagabond Kitchen and Tap House Certainly was not.

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