This Thursday: Celebrate France and Beaujolais Nouveau


On the third Thursday of November, Beaujolais Nouveau hits the world. It is the first taste of the 2015 vintage and in France, it’s a celebration of wine, the year and the region. And in Philadelphia we hate to miss a party, so many Philadelphia bars and restaurants offer pours, specials and in one case, a dinner cooked by a former Le Bec Fin executive chef.

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Opa Adds Sunday Brunch


Just some of Opa’s new brunch items.

When chef Bobby Saritsoglou was at Santucci’s at 10th and Christian, his brunch was a great, under the radar choice and now he’s rolling out Sunday brunch at Opa and it is really appealing to us right now.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saritsoglou will be enticing with a menu that includes:

  • The Spartan Breakfast with house-made sausage and ham, fried haloumi cheese, two eggs any style and served with pita bread
  • Pancakes, Greek-style with powdered sugar and cinnamon or nutella and banana
  • Greek Benedict served with ham, soft boiled egg and house-baked bread
  • Breakfast Gyro served with scrambled eggs and house-made sausage
  • Everything Bagel with scrambled eggs, ham, house-made sausage, hash browns and kaseri cheese

And all November., brunch will come with a complimentary Mimosa, Bloody Mary (bacon-feta garnish) or house-made Pastry Basket. And for you Saturday revelers, Saturday brunch is coming up next.

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Scratch Biscuit Adds Biscuit Happy Hour

5-buck-cluck-scratch-biscuits-400Scratch Biscuit is now offering its late-night $5 Buck Cluck special as a happy hour special as well. The $5 Buck Cluck is fried chicken, pimento cheese and pickles on a biscuit and it is now $5 between 3 pm and 5 pm.

Previously the $5 Buck Cluck was sold late-night out of the back door of Scratch on Drury Street. At happy hour, you can stroll right in the front entrance at 1306 Chestnut Street.

Scratch Biscuit [Foobooz]

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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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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Price Jump!: Steampunk(ish) Carriage House on Irving Street For Sale

TREND image from former listing

TREND image from former listing

Alright, so we wouldn’t say it’s completely within the realm of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but you’d be amazed at what a collection of Victorian-inspired appointments can do to an interior. And honestly, that industrial wheel on the second floor living space already does a bang-up job of doing just that, so you’d have an excellent starting point. Price check? The rare Philadelphia home is listed for $2 million.

Interestingly, that’s a jump from when we last wrote about it. Another difference is its purported construction year, then noted as being 1913 and now identified as 1930, according to Zillow. The owner – it’s listed by them, not an agent – could not be reached for comment, but we’ll update as soon as we get word. (Ideally, they’re both wrong and it’s actually a 19th-century construction. You know, to have this whole steampunk thing hold water.)

In any case, here’s a refresher on the property, which potential investors may be happy to know has CMX-5 zoning, allowing for mixed-use usage:

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Want to Buy a Giant Squid?


Varalli Restaurant closed in early July. According to Michael Klein, the corner building at Broad and Locust will be torn down next year. The contents of the restaurant, including a 34 foot long giant squid sculpture are listed online for sale.

The squid was created by Geronimo and Co. and Philadelphia artist, Greg Emore. Geronimo and Co. has also done works for projects like Captain Emo as Euro Disney, the Tower of Terror at Disney World in Orlando, Toon Town in Los Angeles and Red Square in Las Vegas.

Online bidding for the squid, Baby Grand Piano and the rest of the contents begin at 3 p.m.

Varalli Auction [Comly Auctioneers]
Varalli: Going once, going twice… []

Spit Roast For Drury Beer Garden’s Third Anniversary


Drury Beer Garden will celebrate its third anniversary with a spit roast this Saturday, July 25th from 12-5 pm. Head over to the beer garden to enjoy complimentary spit roasted pig and organic chicken from chef Bobby Saritsoglou. If that’s not your thing, the full menu will also be available. Oskar Blues Brewery joins in on the celebration as well; they’ll offer Dale’s Pale Ale and Mamma’s Little Yella Pils in cans along with Old Chub Nitro and Pinner Throwback IPA on draft.

We’ve got a feeling Drury will have a lot to celebrate this weekend. Check out our new Best Of Philly issue to see why.

Drury Beer Garden [Foobooz]

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