We’d already taken a bite of our pretzel by the time I snapped the photo.

A fun, lively sports bar with pub food that’s a cut above the norm, the North End Tavern at 1301 North Avenue in the Wykagyl area is a great addition to New Rochelle’s dining scene.

Lots of people seem to agree, because on a recent Wednesday evening — not usually a big night for eating out — the Tavern was full of happy diners.

North End Burger, medium rare.

Catie was away in Philadelphia, so I took the boys out for a treat, and we collectively consumed a shamefully large amount of food, starting with a heaping plate of nachos and a soft chewy pretzel.  Jeremy and I then moved on to burgers (perfectly medium-rare with a good meat-to-bun ratio), while Owen went for his standard go-to order: a generous bowl of mac & cheese.  All delicious, if not exactly dietetic.

The staff was especially helpful in recommending — and providing tastings of — different beers.  I settled on a Flower Power IPA.  Nothing quite as interesting for the boys, although they seemed to enjoy their lemonade.