Anthony Bourdain had a gift for making the world just a little bit smaller. Through food, he showed us places we’d never get to go and encouraged us to try new things. It was a gift that inspired wanderlust, excitement, and passion from viewers; one that prompted pride when he visited places that we loved.
Honestly, there weren’t very many places that Bourdain didn’t get to visit. There was one city, however, that he kept returning to: New Orleans, Louisiana.
And it wasn’t an accident. When asked about his favorite places to visit by CNN, Bourdain revealed his love for the city and area.
In America, there might be better gastronomic destinations than New Orleans, but there is no place more uniquely wonderful. So I would say New Orleans. With the best restaurants in New York, you’ll find something similar to it in Paris or Copenhagen or Chicago. But there is no place like New Orleans. So it’s a must see city because there’s no explaining it, no describing it. You can’t compare it to anything. So, far and away New Orleans.
Anthony Bourdain’s love for New Orleans prompted many visits on his shows over the years. Over the course of a decade (from 2003-13), Bourdain visited a diverse collection of New Orleans restaurants and sites (on three different shows), including such stalwarts as Cochon, Snake & Jake’s, Pho Tau Bay, Willie Mae’s Scotch House, Miss Linda’s Yakamein, Jacques-Imo’s, Emeril’s, Domilise’s, and Verti Marte (among many, many others).
And apparently, his love affair for the area wasn’t strictly limited to the city of New Orleans.
Bourdain was down in Louisiana earlier this year celebrating Mardi Gras for an episode of Parts Unknown. The hour-long episode is scheduled to air on June 17, and features a local courir de Mardi Gras, a crawfish boil and zydeco music.