Anthony Bourdain’s Favorite Restaurants / DISCOVER.LUXURY
Anthony Bourdain is well-known as one of the most famous chefs and culinary personalities in the world. As the world mourns the loss of a culinary great, we thought we would celebrate his impressive career.
Bourdain is known for running top restaurants in New York City and also his growing fame as an internationally acclaimed food writer and television host. Bourdain became a household name through his love of food and hundreds, if not thousands, of food reviews he has made over the years. Here we’ll revisit just a few stand-outs among Anthony Bourdain’s favorite restaurants.
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Set in picturesque Barcelona, Spain; Tickets is a whimsical restaurant with theatrical style and one of the most sought-after reservations in the culinary world. Anything but stuffy, Bourdain hailed Tickets for serving the “most ridiculously good food in the most ridiculously casual situation” and lauded chef Ferran Adrià as one of the most forward-thinking chefs in the modern world of gastronomy.
If you want to dine at Tickets be sure to book well in advance as this top class restaurant books up over two months in advance.
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A surprising favorite of Bourdain’s is Montreal steakhouse Joe Beef, named for the legendary Charles “Joe-Beef” McKiernan, 19th century innkeeper and Montreal working class hero. Founded in 2005 in the then-scruffy neighborhood of Little Burgandy, it sits just a “drunken crawl away from the Historic Atwater market.” The restaurant specializes in delicious steaks and seafood dishes.
By 2011, this restaurant was widely hailed as Canada’s most famous and doubled in size. With a familial atmosphere and relaxed vibe, Joe Beef is definitely a must-try experience on the North American culinary scene.
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Although Anthony Bourdain claimed “you can’t do wrong” anywhere in Paris he listed Le Comptoir as a favorite. French for “The Counter,” Le Comptoir is a beloved bistro by all. It books weeks in advance for weeknight dining and does not accept reservations for lunch or weekends. It has no menu, diners are presented with the chef’s choice luxury French comfort food of course ending with a scrumptious cheese platter.
Mission Chinese Food
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Bourdain claims this unlikely favorite is all about one thing: fun!
At Mission Chinese I drink cocktails with food, my judgment is destroyed by the time the appetizers arrive there. They do these lethal drinks that you would never in your right mind drink in any other circumstance. Mai Tais, really? Why not?
Located in New York City’s Lower East Side, this cult favorite serves up Sichuan inspired Asian-American fare. It sits in a spacious venue with communal tables and a lively atmosphere. Make reservations well in advance as this trendy favorite books up fast!
Looking for Chicago’s absolute best Italian Beef? Locals and those in the know will most definitely point you to Elmwood Park’s Johnnie’s Beef. Bourdain has made no secret that this classic Chicago eatery is a favorite of his.
“Either on my way into town or out of town, I’m going Italian beef at Johnnie’s.”