We all remember the excitement surrounding Anthony Bourdain's visit in June, and now the day has finally arrived for the people's chef's 'Parts Unknown' San Francisco episode. In the show, Bourdain explores the growing divide between old SF and the tech elite who are slowly replacing it, but he of course does so while eating and drinking his way around town. Here's every restaurant he visited on the show during his stay in our city, and what he had to say about them. Want more Bourdain? Head here for a full show recap.Read More
Everywhere Anthony Bourdain Eats in San Francisco 'Parts Unknown'
'Cause you know you wanna know.
1. 4505 Burgers & BBQ
Dining companion: Richie Nakano, former Hapa Ramen chefWhat they ate: Beer, the Presidential Platter (brisket, smoked chicken, jalapeño & cheddar hot link sausage, pork shoulder, pork spare ribs, cole slaw, posole, baked beans, potato salad, french fries, frankaroni, spicy fries, chicharrones)
In his words: "Life is suddenly very, very good."
2. Swan Oyster Depot
Dining companion: HimselfWhat he ate: Crab back (“It’s like unicorn juice.”), crab leg in Louie sauce, oysters, draft beer
In his words: "I'm fully aware of the fact that's it's like every show you've ever done in San Francisco, you come to the Swan Oyster Depot. Yes, that's correct. True love cannot be denied … [It's] a touchstone in my worldwide wanderings. A happy zone. If I read about myself dying at this counter, I'd say to myself, 'That was one lucky guy.'"
Dining companion: Kurt Osiander, Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructorWhat they ate: Tasting menu
In his words: "Top of the fine dining world."
4. Sinbad's Pier2 Restaurant
Dining companion: John Birdsall, James Beard award-winning writerWhat they ate: Beer
In his words: Bourdain let Birdsall describe Sinbad's, of which he said, "I tell anyone to come and meet me here, my friends, and they sort of laugh at me. They're like 'Sinbad's?' But it's this thing that doesn't really exist in San Francisco anymore. It's not self-consciously divey. It has this kind of faded glamour. It's kind of worn out; it smells kind of sour."
5. Trader Vic's
Dining companion: Sean Wilsey, author of "Oh the Glory of It All"What they ate: Mai Tai Wave, BBQ spare ribs, egg roll
In his words: "One of the last of its kind, started in Oakland. One of a wave of tiki-themed-Polynesian-fantasies restaurants, bars and nightclubs that for a time spread around America. Not many places left that do this; very few do it without irony."
6. Juhu Beach Club
Dining companion: John Birdsall, James Beard award-winning writerWhat they ate: Bhel salad, manchurian cauliflower, chili paneer, methi chicken leg, lamb kofta, Linden Street Burning Oak black lager [Editor's note: Juhu Beach Club is offering these dishes as a tasting menu for two (minus the beer) through the end of the year for $70.]
In his words: "An unassuming but utterly delicious new addition started by this woman, Preeti Mistry. The food is both familiar and uniquely her own."
7. Miss Ollie's
Dining companion: Bobby Seale, Black Panthers founding memberWhat they ate: Fried chicken, dirty rice, collard greens
In his words: "We get a taste of the shiny, new Oakland."
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Dining companion: Curt Fukuda, co-author of "San Jose Japantown, A Journey,"What they ate: Hamachi kama (cod cheek/collar), chicken katsu curry, tempura
In his words: Bourdain was uncharacteristically silent on this one, though he seemed to be enjoying the food.