Bud & Marilyn’s Celebrates Christmas in July with a Smörgåsbord

It's Christmas in July at Bud & Marilyn's

It’s Christmas in July at Bud & Marilyn’s

When I hosted our Christmas in July Open Stove competition at Cook a couple of weeks ago, one of the most pleasant things about it was how relaxing it was to enjoy the Christmas carols without the looming stress of the holidays. It’s the kind of thing that makes a Christmas in July special fun.

And that’s the spirit behind Bud & Marilyn’s Christmas in July Smörgåsbord complete with Christmas beers. Available today, Monday, July 18th and Tuesday, July 19th, the retro restaurant of Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are turning out of meatballs, cheese and crackers, crab croquettes, clam canapes and deviled eggs. The smörgåsbord is $25 and as the photo above shows, contains a menagerie of food.

In addition to those throwback holiday dishes, Bud & Marilyn’s will also be pouring Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Tröegs Mad Elf.

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Bud & Marilyn’s Begins Serving Lunch

Fried Chicken Bucket - For lunch at Bud & Marilyn's

Fried Chicken Bucket – For lunch at Bud & Marilyn’s

Bud & Marilyn’s is now serving lunch Monday through Friday. Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s latest restaurant is serving up the likes of fried chicken by the bucket (pictured) and smoked beet reubens.

Lunch is served from noon to 3 p.m. and the menu is broken down into five sections including chicken and hot buttered buns.

The buns section includes:

  • Chilled Lobster Buns
  • Korean Glazed Toful Buns
  • Nashville Hot Buns

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Chop Suey and Cheese Curds: Bud & Marilyn’s Reviewed

Photo by Neal Santos

Nashville Hot Buns and the interior of Bud & Marilyn’s | Photo by Courtney Apple

My problem with Bud & Marilyn’s is that I always want to be drunk before I go.

There are reasons. This isn’t me confessing to some latent alcohol problem, or anything so pedestrian. No, it’s because they have this chop suey on the menu, and this chop suey in particular (this chop suey more than all other chop sueys I’ve known) is maybe the most perfect drunk food ever created.

I know. No one eats chop suey anymore because chop suey was, is, always will be the avatar of Americanized Chinese food. There are a million stories of its creation. All of them are probably true. And it’s a dish that has lingered in the American consciousness for a century, staling and growing hoary with legend until it’s become the kind of thing you’d expect to find in some tiki’d and Buddha’d gold-flake dining room in suburban Milwaukee in 1977.

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First Impressions: Bud & Marilyn’s (Plus A Video)

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Bud & Marilyn’s–the new/old very American grandpa-themed bar and restaurant from Marcie Turney and Val Safran–has a couple of week’s worth of services in the rearview now. They’ve been eventful weeks (with menu tinkering and all the normal opening-month jitters) and busy weeks (they’re doing a booming business already), and seeing as we’ve already dropped in on the place a couple times, I figured it might be time to round up some first impressions.

1. Every restaurant in the entire city should serve fried cheese curds as good as the fried cheese curds served at Bud & Marilyn’s. This should be easy, considering the cheese curds at Bud & Marilyn’s taste roughly the same as every cheese curd that has ever been fried anywhere. What’s special about them is simply that, in a city like Philly where fried cheese curds are not exactly ubiquitous, Bud & Marilyn has them. And they’re so good I kinda never want to stop eating them.

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Bud & Marilyn’s Opening Wednesday


Things have been going so smoothly at Bud & Marilyn’s now that an actual opening date has been chosen, that owners Marcie Turney and Val Safran have now…decided to change the date again.

But wait! This time it’s good news. They’re actually opening a day early (meaning tomorrow), and have opened the books for reservations starting right this very minute.

Not excited by this? Jeez, Buzzkill. What do we need to do to get you excited about this? Show you the opening menus? Tell you about the late night beer, shot and cheese curd deal?

Because we have all that, too…

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Rosé Week Coming to 13th Street

Aug15RoseWeek_01For three nights, from Monday, August 24th through Wednesday August 26th, the restaurants of Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney (Barbuzzo, Lolita, Little Nonna’s, Jamonera) are celebrating Rosé Week.

Each of the restaurants will be offering special deals on rosé wine and food for all three nights.

Barbuzzo is offering 23 rosé wines from seven countries. Jamonera is offering a rosé happy hour plus a special Spanish seafood dish with a full bottle of wine for $30 per person. Little Nonna’s has a Calabrian BBQ menu that’s paired with a carafe of gagliopo rosé and Lolita is doing DIY Baja tacos teamed with rosé sangria or margaritas.

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Some More Details On The Food And Drinks At Bud & Marilyn’s

BudMarilynsWallpaperYesterday, we told you that it was looking like Bud & Marilyn’s had something close to an opening date (last week in August, more or less, according to owner Marcie Turney). And today, they’ve dropped a big ol’ press release offering details on the menu, the cocktails, the design–all that stuff.

Now granted, we have talked a LOT about Bud & Marilyn’s lately. Mostly because they keep threatening to open and then, you know…not. But also because we’ve been looking forward to seeing what Turney and partner Val Safran are going to do with the place–a “retro-American” restaurant inspired by the restaurant owned by Turney’s grandparents in Wisconsin. And this new info dump? There’s nothing in it that doesn’t make us even more excited for opening day.

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Frozen Budino Pops Are Back!

Photo by Jason Varney

Photo by Jason Varney

So here we go, folks. In what has already become a rite of summer in Philly, the announcement has come down that Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney are going to be selling their frozen budino pops again this year.

And this year, they’re doing it right.

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