Think you know fried chicken? You've not tasted the fried chicken at Bud & Marilyn's. — Photo courtesy of insatiablemunch
When it comes time to select a venue for dinner in the city of Philadelphia, it can be hard to choose the right place.
If your crowd prefers the taste of good food like the kind you grew up with, with a touch of fun and freshness, then the new Bud & Marilyn's in Midtown Village might just be the answer to your needs.
Bud & Marilyn's is the latest creation from the likes of Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney. The restaurant is named for Turney's grandparents, who owned an eatery in Wisconsin, where Turney spent a good deal of time growing up.
With this eatery, she and Safran aim to create a place with good food and great hospitality in a fun and playful environment.
Food and drinks are top notch at this comfy, homey restaurant — Photo courtesy of Didriks
Bud & Marilyn's is interesting and fun from the time you step through the doors. The decor is retro, bringing back times gone by, but it doesn't make folks feel like it's old or out of touch.
The menu is American-inspired, with simple, well-prepared comfort foods with a contemporary spin to them. Patrons can feel like they've selected something familiar, yet they leave with the satisfaction that it's updated and fresh.
This is the kind of food that's filling and fun; it keeps visitors curious about what else they should try.
Turney and Safran are no strangers to the restaurant business. They have been busy for more than a decade working to revitalize the Midtown Village area with great venue choices, and many will argue that they have done more than succeed.
The pair owns and manages Lolita, Barbuzzo, Little Nonna's, Jamonera, Grocery and Open House. Bud & Mariyn's is poised to join this great list of businesses thriving on 13th Street.
Venture into this new establishment, and the first thing that will strike you is the vinyl booth seating, which looks like a page from restaurants of years ago. The place also features a long bar with seating, as well as an open kitchen.
Food and drinks are served on vintage-looking plates and in glasses that are remnant of the days when Turney's grandparents operated their business. Decor on the walls is also in keeping with the vintage theme, as are many of the menu choices.
What makes this place shine, however, is Turney's ability to add a layer of uniqueness and flair to the dishes they serve, making them stand out and delight in ways all their own.
The place is old, yet new; it's vintage, yet modern and fresh.
What a great combination.