Behind the Food: Toddy B’s

Dan Kane chats with Todd Brown, owner of the new Plain Township sports bar and restaurant.

Dan Kane chats with Todd Brown, owner of the new Plain Township sports bar and restaurant.

Todd Brown gained the nickname Toddy B when he was playing basketball for Walsh University back in 1994.

Aptly, it is now the name of Brown’s sports bar and restaurant in Plain Township, Toddy B’s, which opened in October.

“I would say it’s one of the most comfortable sports bars around,” said Brown, who described the decor as resembling a Colorado ski lodge. Three fireplaces lend to the cozy atmosphere.

“We have 21 flat-screen TVs so there’s not a bad seat in the house,” Brown said.

“Wherever you sit, you can see four or five TVs from every angle. We have all the different sports packages—NFL, NBA, even hockey and golf, and we get the pay-per-view fights.”

A popular place for drinking beers and watching games, Toddy B’s has found neighborhood popularity for its food. “Right now, we are really known for our food, from sports-bar foods all the way to upscale fine dining.”

Brown proudly spoke about Toddy B’s jumbo wings, available with 12 different homemade sauces (his favorite is Bourbon BBQ).

There are seven gourmet burgers, the 8-ounce patties hand-formed from fresh beef, Brown said. Not surprisingly, his top pick is the Toddy B, a Swiss-cheeseburger with mushrooms sauteed in white wine.

toddybs_foodEntrees include salmon, pork chop, strip steak and chicken piccata, with daily dinner specials. The chef is Mark Murphy, who worked with Brown at two previous restaurants.

Brown said he has received a warm welcome from the neighborhood. “Everybody who comes in here says, ‘This is what the area needed.’ We get a very eclectic crowd, that’s the beauty of it. We get families, couples, singles, a lot of people in to watch the game.”

Toddy B’s has a patio out front, and Brown said an enclosed patio is being built.

2700 Easton Street NE in Plain Twp.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, with the kitchen open until 10 p.m.