The Southern cities Anthony Bourdain left his mark on
In the realm of travel television, there are arguably few more well-known hosts than Anthony Bourdain.
His adventures took him all over the world for nearly two decades as he showcased the food, sights and culture of places many of us only hope to one day visit.
And he knew the South.
Bourdain made many memorable trips to southern cities, from Charleston to Jackson, showing the world just how uniquely beautiful the South is.
In 2013, Bourdain spent a weekend in Atlanta where he filmed an episode of “The Layover” for the Travel Channel.
For the show, Bourdain had 36 hours in the city and used his time showcasing places to eat and things to do.
In the segment, he mentions 21 different restaurants and bars, like Fatt Matt’s Rib Shack, Curley’s Fried Chicken and the Big Apple Inn.
Here’s a guide for all the locations mentioned in the episode.
Bourdain stopped in the Lowcountry twice: once in 2007 to film an episode of “No Reservations” and again in 2015 for “Parts Unknown.”
Many felt his initial visit wasn’t true to the spirit of the city, a sentiment he apparently agreed with.
Bourdain states in the 2015 episode that perhaps he didn’t do the Holy City justice the first time around, saying drinking champagne at an oyster roast was an “egregious” mistake.
“The South is not a monolith,” Bourdain says as he begins the episode. “There are pockets of weirdness, awesomeness, and then there is Charleston, where for some time now, important things have been happening with food.”
Perhaps the most memorable moment in South Carolina was when Bourdain tries Waffle House for the first time.
As the episode ends, Bourdain sits on a dock with Sean Brock, a chef in the city, as the pair eats boiled peanuts and looks out over a landscape letting their fishing poles rest. Bourdain gets the last line as he casts again: “Not bad for a Yankee.”
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) April 24, 2015
In May 2014, Bourdain went to Jackson to film an episode of “Parts Unknown.” In his field notes for the episode, he admitted that he would never have considered visiting Mississippi before he starting traveling.
But by the end of the notes, we see Bourdain has a different perspective.
I doubt I left the state much smarter than I entered it. It’s not a representative overview of “what you should know or see while in Mississippi.” But I hope that viewers will get a taste of a uniquely beautiful place—where some of the last of some truly great American institutions are still alive.
Bourdain didn’t set out to do a music special about Nashville. He said he wanted to showcase the “gold rush” of talented chefs and restauranteurs setting up shop. But then a few different things happened.
Bourdain stopped in the Music City in March 2016. During his visit, he checks out half a dozen restaurants and bars, like Dino’s, City House, and Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish just to name a few.
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) March 13, 2016
Bourdain went to New Orleans time and time again during his travels. While filming episodes for his various shows, he visited more than 20 restaurants and bars over the course of a decade. So it comes as no surprise it was his favorite city.