Anthony Bourdain’s death was sudden and stunning. He was hugely popular, a celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. He was loved by his fans, and considered one of the most influential chefs in the world by many commentators.
When visiting a city, he was known for eating at hole-in-the-wall restaurants frequented by locals, and in San Francisco he put many of these on the map. SFGate.com has put together a slideshow that looks at 30 SF restaurants he visited, and includes some of the things he said about them. Not all of these spots are hole-in-the-wall places, but his remarks are always priceless.
Here’s a sample of what you’ll find:
Swan Oyster Depot – Polk Gulch
“A touchstone in my worldwide wanderings. A happy zone. If I read about myself dying at this counter I’d say to myself, ‘That was one lucky guy.'” —Anthony Bourdain, “Parts Unknown,” 2015
House of Prime Rib – Nob Hill
“This is the American Dream right here.” —Anthony Bourdain, “No Reservations,” 2009
King of Noodles – Inner Sunset
“The thing to eat are the wontons, and of course noodles, made fresh in-house.” —Anthony Bourdain, “The Layover,” 2012
Tonga Room – Nob Hill
“They’re not f***ing around … This is completely, completely awesome … This is like the greatest place in the history of the world.” —Anthony Bourdain, “The Layover,” 2012
Coi – North Beach
“Top of the fine dining world.” —Anthony Bourdain, “Parts Unknown,” 2015
To see the entire slideshow, please click here.