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October 8, 2012

Anthony Bourdain Takes a Bite Out of ATL on Monday Jan. 14 and Jan. 21

The TV Star, Celeb Chef, and Author Surveys Atlanta High and Low for His TV Show “The Layover” airing Jan. 14 & Jan. 21

By Nancy Staab

Guess what local foodie haunts our fave chef / raconteur / author / TV host checked out in Atlanta last October? Read on for Bourdain’s colorful eating trail and memorable encounter with one dangerous blonde—-not to mention Tony’s latest project—a chef-centric comic book, “Get Jiro!”—and see the final “Layover” show devoted to Atlanta Monday, Jan. 14 at 9PM on the Travel Channel. The show will re-air Mon. Jan. 21.

Chef, Author, TV Host Anthony Bourdain Chef, Author, TV Host Anthony Bourdain















Anthony Bourdain’s Eating Map of ATL

If you are a fan of fast-talking, sardonic, NYC celeb chef and Kitchen Confidential author, Anthony Bourdain, you know he has a penchant for divey, oddball joints, amazing local food and characters, extreme foods and almost an allergic reaction to foodie pretense or white tablecloth dining establishments. So where would Bourdain go in Atlanta when featuring the city’s diverse food options for his Travel Channel TV show, The Layover (the Atlanta episode airs Mon. Jan. 3 at 9PM on the Travel Channel) ? Well probably not the James Beard winning establishments like Empire State South and Restaurant Eugene which while mostly likely would garner Bourdain’s praise, are way too obvious for his off-the-beaten-path agenda. Well, we have to wait until 2013 for his Atlanta episode to air, but based on reported sightings of this cult chef, we have a few clues about Bourdain’s eating trail in Atlanta. Twitter went into a frenzy with reported sightings of the rebel chef last October at hipster-concentrated, Grant Park outpost of Octane Coffee with its serious, career baristas and the French goodies from the trés charming adjoining Little Tart Bakeshop; Linton Hopkin’s other more casual, public house establishment Holeman & Finch; Ann Quatrano’s gourmet grocery Star Provisions; Sweet Auburn Curb Market; Home Grown the self-described “next-gen meat-and-three” in Reynoldstown; and the James Beard nominated but decidedly non-pretentious, farm-to-table eatery Miller Union.

Bourdain, center, with the team from Little Tart Bakeshop in Grant Park Bourdain, center, with the team from Little Tart Bakeshop in Grant Park

Bourdain reportedly also checked out Octopus, the no-sign-on-the-door, East Atlanta joint within Vietnamese resto So Ba, founded by chef Angus Brown. It’s heavily frequented by a late-night, industry crowd of off-duty chefs who chow down on inventive foods with Asian riffs like rabbit and shrimp wonton soup with turnip greens, uni carbonara, and curried beef and pig trotter pot pie!

And lastly, it’s a given that Bourdain’s fondness for seedy establishments with an ironic “cool factor” should lead him to the one and only Clermont Lounge where he even got his photo snapped with legendary, er, hostess Blondie, who’s primary feat is to crush a beer can between her ample bosoms. Bourdain even immortalized the visit in an @Bourdain haiku-like Tweet: “I smell of bourbon, tobacco, stripper perfume and it’s all @altonbrown ‘s fault.”  (Somehow we doubt that the choir boy Food Network star, Alton, shared ALL the blame!)



Note to Bourdain:

LuxeCrush thinks you would also dig Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, Victory Sandwich Bar (especially now that master mixologist Paul Calvert is behind the bar) , Sugar Coated Radical, Push Start Kitchen pop-up supper club, The Lawrence, The Spence, Miso Izakaya, One Eared Stag and the temporarily on-hiatus, rockstar-guest-chef-driven Baton Supper Club—not to mention upcoming efforts from former La Pietra chef Bruce Logue, Bocca Lupo, and Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow next time you roll into town. (That’s a gauntlet thrown down Mr. Bourdain: i.e. please hurry back!)


Bourdain’s final season of The Layover on the Travel Channel will begin airing on Nov. 19 at 9PM Eastern Standard Time. Rumored cities covered in the series include:  Atlanta, Dublin, New Orleans, Paris, Philadelphia, Sao Paolo, Seattle, Taipei and Toronto. The Atlanta show airs Jan. 14 at 9PM. In 2013 Bourdain will move to CNN to develop food and travel content for their network. He also has a cooking show in development with fellow celeb chef/TV star Nigella Lawson. For more info visit:  and


Bourdain Pens a Chefs-as-Heroes Comic Book and Lands on the NYT Bestseller List

Before the acclaimed documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” there was Tony Bourdain’s “Get Jiro!” The multi-talented chef/author/TV host Anthony Bourdain turns his biting commentary on current culinary culture into an amusing toque vs. toque comic book. Who will win the culinary wars: the fusion chefs with their liquid nitrogen or the organic, farm-to-table toques? Stay tuned!

By Nancy Staab

Even before the foodie film Jiro Dreams of Sushi, documenting the artisan, painstakingly precious sushi-making of 85 year old chef Jiro Ono in his tiny shop in a subway station went viral, Anthony Bourdain was dreaming up a food hero for a comic book inspired by the Tokyo master. The famed TV host of No Reservations and author/provocateur behind the bestselling Kitchen Confidential and follow-up books A Cook’s Tour and Medium Raw, finds himself on The New York Times bestseller list yet again—but this time for a comic book.  Get Jiro! Is a lighthearted lark in which Bourdain pokes fun of all the trends, foibles and pretensions of his chosen profession, cooking. Taking an old-school Tokyo sushi chef at his hero (a younger, fiercer, knife-wielding version of Jiro Ono), Bourdain chronicles a futuristic L.A. in which serving bad food really is a crime. There’s even a tough, organic-minded fanatic and cooking babe named Rose, with more than a passing resemblance to Alice Waters. Here’s the description of Get Jiro! courtesy of

 “In a not-too-distant future L.A., where master chefs rule the town like crime lords and people literally kill for a seat at the best restaurants, a bloody culinary war is raging. On one side, the Internationalists, who blend foods from all over the world into exotic delights. On the other, the “Vertical Farm,” who prepare nothing but organic, vegetarian, macrobiotic dishes. Into this maelstrom steps Jiro, a renegade and ruthless sushi chef, known to decapitate patrons who dare request a California roll….”


Who wins the fierce foodie street wars? You’ll have to get the comic book, available for $15 at, but our money’s on our hero Jiro, who cuts through current culinary extremism and excess like a Ginsu knife though otoro.