Chicken Todd’s to Open Inside Brookside Tavern in Dumont
Longtime Dumont bar Brookside Tavern is now also the location of Chicken Todd’s, a new restaurant serving a selection of wings, burgers and pizza (This isn’t the food entity cooking up food at Brookside Tavern, J&R’s Twisted Tacos operated there till mid-2012). Fort Lee native Todd Provenzano has taken over the kitchen at Brookside, bringing a menu cultivated from his lifetime of working in kitchens. He left a career in law with hopes to recreate his love affair with great food for others to enjoy.
Naturally with a name like Chicken Todd’s, the poultry is a big piece of the menu. Provenzano starts with never frozen Grade A Jumbo Chicken. He’s specifically serving up wings, fingers and Flintstone Wings (drumsticks). The wings are dusted with his custom seasoning, then baked at a low temp before being finished in the fryer. This technique is to keep the skin crisp while retaining a juicy meat on the inside. The fingers, which are all white meat, are seasoned overnight in buttermilk, then tossed in a custom dredge and fried. The excess pieces from the fingers are used to create the nuggets, dubbed “knuckles”, which are available on a Martin’s Potato Roll as a “Knuckle Sandwich”.
The chicken is available with 10 custom sauces, all of which were developed over the last 15 years. Flavors are as follows: Nice and EZ, Rude Boy, Jerz Devil, Holy Shit, Screaming Sally (named after his ex wife), Low Country BBQ, TPQ Sauce (spicy bbq), Sicilian Lemony Garlic, Hong Kong Phuey (a take on General Tso’s chicken), and Tokyo Tango (a honey teriyaki made with key lime juice).
Cooked medium on a flat top, the burgers are 5 ounces and made with a custom blend of brisket, chuck and sirloin from their butcher. They’re served on those previously mentioned Martin’s Potato Rolls with a serving of shoestring fries. Pizzas are 10 inches and made with dough that Provenzano lets sit overnight for an almost “sourdough” effect. They are topped with his homemade mozzarella and sauce that’s his mother’s recipe.
In tandem with the full bar at Brookside, there will be food and drink specials including fifty cent wings on Tuesday nights with discounted drafts. A full line of spirit brands line the bar plus they’ll be serving Provenzano Lemonade, crafted with Sicilian lemons and real cane sugar.
The 1000 square foot dining room will be open 7 days for lunch and dinner. There are five TVs at the bar for sporting events including all NFL games. Takeout and delivery will be available, with service to surrounding towns including: Dumont, Bergenfield, New Milford, Haworth, Cresskill, Demarest and Tenafly.
Chicken Todd’s 44 East Madison Avenue, Dumont, NJ