We’re in deep summer now, folks — and chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are giving sweaty, sticky Philadelphia exactly what it needs to get through this week: lots and lots of rosé.
We’re rarely optimistic about the week ahead on a gray Monday morning like this, but a ray of hope just peeked through the clouds: Barbuzzo’s newest budino-based dessert is the Frozen Salted Caramel Budino Stuffed Choco Taco, and it’s available this Friday only.
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.
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
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.
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…
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.
It may be the pot of gold at the end of those rainbow crosswalks at 13th and Locust Streets: Bud and Marilyn’s, the newest restaurant in the Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran empire, looks like it is just about ready to open, and the new red neon sign that indicates the name of the establishment is all aglow. Read more »
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.
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.