Vagabond Deli menu reflects freedom, world tastes

By: 
Dwight Harriman

“Take chances. Abandon all the rules. Ditch the recipe. Color outside the lines.”

That sign hanging on the wall of a new restaurant in Livingston, Vagabond Deli, sums up what the establishment is about: freedom.

Vagabond Deli owners Grace Basirico and Chef Keith Kelly said they want their restaurant to reflect something of the hobo lifestyle — the flexibility to do new and different things with a menu that expresses a traveling lifestyle.

Vagabond Deli is an extension of Basirico’s and Kelly’s Ambrosia Catering and Design. The deli — located behind MT Cup at 113 W. Park St. — serves house specialities in a wrap, quinoa bowl, or pasta with a round-the world feel menu ranging from Brazilian Steak, to Vietnamese Bahn Mi, Moroccan Turkey, Spicy Italian, Caprese and Indian Curry.

Or, you can build your own from a diverse list of proteins, spreads and vegetables.

Then, if you’re hankering for dessert, Vagabond has a a whole list savory delights that involve various combinations of Nutella, whipped cream, strawberries, bananas, chocolate and nuts.

“I think our menu is our most distinct attribute,” Basirico said.

Patrons may eat in the small, simple restaurant itself, or they can order something and pick it up.

The Vagabond Deli has a comfortable, homey feel. Games like Monopoly and Sorry are stacked in a corner for patrons to play. There’s a stereo in the store, too, for playing LP records. 

Once a month, Vagabond Deli offers pop-up dinners. These feature menus that are created and served only one time — again, that unique feel of the vagabond life. On Saturday, the deli plans a Mexican popup and in May, Spanish tapas.

Some pop-up dinners will be to go, others will be for eating in the restaurant.

The restaurant is a bring-your-own wine or beer facility.

To sign up for emails about pop-up dinners, send an email to vagabondmt5@gmail.com. For more information about Vagabond Deli, visit its Facebook page at VagabondMT or call 224-8729. Store hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The deli is closed Sunday and Monday.

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Dwight Harriman may be reached at dharriman@livent.net.

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