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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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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Gay Philly Selfies

Our mother publication, Philadelphia magazine, recently complied a collection of 75 selfies from notable faces around the region. Of course, the line-up wouldn’t be complete without a roundup of some great folks in the LGBT community. Below you’ll find some very familiar and famous faces sharing their smiles for our readers.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin rehearsing Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with the Westminster  Symphonic Choir of Princeton at the Kimmel Center, April 28, 2015.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin rehearsing Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with the Westminster
Symphonic Choir of Princeton at the Kimmel Center, April 28, 2015.

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More Summer Happy Hour Goodness At Jamonera and Lolita

Red and white sangria at Jamonera.

Red and white sangria at Jamonera.

The list of places to get a late-afternoon snack or drink continues to grow this summer, and we’re certainly not complaining.

Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are opening the outdoor seating areas and the bars at Jamonera and Lolita in Midtown Village for their new summer happy hour menus on Sunday through Thursday from 5 PM – 6:30 PM.

Drinks will range from $4-$6, and all sorts of tapas will be available for $5. It may not be Granada (the city that offers free tapas with every drink), but, then again, it’s not far off.

Still unconvinced? Then check out the menu below for a little motivation.

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Little Nonna’s Offering Pick Up for National Cannoli Day

cannoli-day-little-nonnas-400Little Nonna’s is celebrating National Cannoli Day on Tuesday, June 16th. The red gravy Italian restaurant from Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney is offering four non-traditional cannoli for pickup during the day for $3 each. You can also pre-order eight-packs containing two of each flavor for $20 online.

Cannoli will be available for purchase beginning at 10 a.m. until they are sold out. Pre-orders will be available until 2 p.m.

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A Day in the Life of Midtown Maven Valerie Safran

If there’s anyone whose goings-on we want to know, it’s entrepreneur and queen of Midtown Village Valerie Safran. As if co-owning nine businesses — Open House, Lolita, Verde, and Barbuzzo are among them — isn’t enough, she’s also in the throes of building a new business venture, American restaurant Bud & Marilyn’s. Here, she shares her favorite things, from vintage haunts to secret hideaways and everything in between.

Safran's favorite sips, spots and goods | All photos by Courtney Apple

Safran’s favorite sips, spots and goods | All photos by Courtney Apple.

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You May Not Have Seen The Last Of The Budino Donut


On Friday, Marcie Turney, Valerie Safran and their crew sold 450 salted caramel budino donuts in 30 minutes (or actually, probably a little less) across the Marcie Blaine chocolates counter at Verde on 13th Street.

On the following day, they sold 590 donuts in an hour and twenty minutes–590 donuts being the absolute maximum number of donuts that the team had been able to make between the minute they sold out on Friday and the minute they went on sale again on Saturday. The line to get one stretched out the door, down the block and around the corner. It was crazy. And you’d think, with the obvious success of this two-day donut sale, that Turney and Safran would already be making plans to do it again, right?

Well, yes and no. What they’re actually planning on doing is more.

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