Middle of September we wound up at Harrigan’s Pub. One of our friend’s bands, The Clamdiggers, were playing there and we thought to meet up with another couple who likes to hear them, too.
We got there a little ahead of our friends and a little ahead of the band, so we sat at the bar and had a drink while waiting. For a mid-sized bar, they had an incredible amount of beers, ales and ciders. My companion choose one of the fall brews and I asked for a Jack Rose. Now, a Jack Rose is a Monmouth county drink. Since it is made from Laird’s Apple Jack produced in Colts Neck, you can really only get it in Monmouth county and only at a bar with an experienced bartender. I took my chances and was well rewarded. There’s something rather satisfying about a bartender who knows his stuff, and at Harrigan’s that is a guarantee.
Our friends arrived and the hostess provided us with a table right away. Nice. The band started playing too. Great evening. Only decision left was what to order for dinner. No easy choice here. Menu just chock full of great choices. Lots of good old American food and plenty of Irish fare. We did discuss that since we were in an Irish pub…maybe we should try something Irish. So, I decided on the Guiness stew topped with puffed pastry and so did one of our friends. My companion ordered the open faced Rueben. There was warm bread and butter and then a soup or salad. They had pea soup, I love pea soup. I was a happy camper. And then came the stew…. I have to say, that stew went on and on. It was in a huge bowl and there was no way I was ever going to finish it. It came home as lunch for the next few days at work. Lucky me. My companion’s corned beef was sliced so thin it created a superb Reuben. One of the best he’s ever had, and way too much to finish in one sitting. Again, lucky lunch later.
So we had these containers to take home, our bellies were full, but the food was so good, we just had to try a dessert. Ok, we split those. Our friends had the chocolate cake which disappeared quickly and we had the homemade bread pudding. Nothing as comforting as homemade bread pudding. My mom never made it, put she probably should have. Well, we came for the band and they were great as usual. I mean who wouldn’t love a band called The Clamdiggers at the Jersey Shore, and they play all the songs you want to hear to sing along with or dance to. It also doesn’t hurt that the lead singer, Steve Hodgin, has been a family friend for years.
Like I said, we came for the band, BUT, we’ll be back for the food. Meet us there next time.
Harrigan’s Pub 703 Baltimore Blvd Sea Girt, NJ 08750 Phone: 732.449.8228 Harriganspub.com