New Jersey Just Opened the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail

The Anthony Bourdain Food Trail is a tribute to the beloved chef and a collection of fantastic local fare.

Anthony Bourdain is known for traveling around the world in search of extraordinary food but a handful of restaurants in New Jersey always had a place in his heart. I’m a New Jersey native and a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, so the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail is definitely on my bucket list.

The trail opened on June 13! Here’s everything you need to know.

What’s so special about the food trail?

The Anthony Bourdain Food Trail is a group of 10 local restaurants in New Jersey. All of them were featured on Parts Unknown. Since New Jersey is where Bourdain spent most of his childhood, it’s a way to honor his memory through food.

You can also remember Anthony Bourdain by reading about how he changed the way the world eats.

What restaurants made the list?

The food trail features restaurants all across the state. No matter where you are in Jersey, you’ll be able to make a quick stop. Most of the restaurants are along the shore, so tourists and beach-goers can enjoy a meal, too.

  • Frank’s Deli & Restaurant, Asbury Park
  • Kubel’s, Barnegat Light
  • Knife & Fork Inn, Atlantic City
  • Dock’s Oyster House, Atlantic City
  • Tony’s Baltimore Grill, Atlantic City
  • James Original Salt Water Taffy, Atlantic City
  • Tony & Ruth’s Steaks, Camden
  • Donkey’s Place, Camden
  • Lucille’s Country Cooking, Barnegat
  • Hiram’s Roadstand, Fort Lee

What are some of the food trail’s highlights?

All of these local stops are Anthony Bourdain-approved, so you can’t go wrong with any of them. Although cheesesteaks are a Philadelphia specialty, Donkey’s Place also serves up some amazing cheesesteaks on poppyseed rolls. They’re topped with American cheese, fried onions and crushed cherry peppers.

While you’re out enjoying beaches and boardwalks, stop by James Original Salt Water Taffy for a classic treat. It is New Jersey’s most iconic food, after all.

But if you’re looking for something a little fancier, check out the Knife & Fork Inn. It serves prime steaks and seafood, and the restaurant has been around since 1912! You’re sure to find whatever you’re craving on the food trail. Then, when you get home, try Bourdain’s take on mac and cheese.

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