Can fried chicken seduce?
The folks at Modine, easily the most-anticipated new restaurant at the Jersey Shore this year, are betting the farm on their delectable signature dish — and hoping to become a staple in the foodie haven that is Asbury Park.
Steve and Shanti Mignogna first came to town to open their hit pizzeria Talula’s (it's across the street) in 2014. Now, their chef buddies from Brooklyn, husband-and-wife team Jill Meerpohl and Chris Davin, have migrated south as well. Andrew Rasizer serves as GM, rounding out the five-person partnership.
After insurance costs killed a plan for a smokehouse with an open-flame grill, the team pivoted to “low-country” fare and a Charleston theme, inspired by Meerpohl and Davis’s honeymoon to the South Carolina and Georgia coasts.
The name honors Meerpohl’s grandmother Helen Modine Meerpohl, who her granddaughter says is a master of Southern coastal cooking and taught her the ropes.
But the ridiculously delicious fried chicken recipe? That's an original.
Green leather semi-circle booths line the windows in the dining room area. (Michael Persico)
The bar is a beauty, decked out in deep green and lots of brass. (Michael Persico)
Honey is drizzled over the top of the top of Modine's fried chicken. (Michael Persico)
I'm still dreaming about these heavenly biscuits. (Michael Persico)