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Anthony Bourdain filming 'Parts Unknown' at Juhu Beach Club in Oakland, California.
Anthony Bourdain filming 'Parts Unknown' at Juhu Beach Club in Oakland, California.
'Parts Unknown'

Everywhere Anthony Bourdain Eats in San Francisco 'Parts Unknown'

'Cause you know you wanna know.

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Anthony Bourdain filming 'Parts Unknown' at Juhu Beach Club in Oakland, California.
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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 4505 Burgers & BBQ

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705 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 231-6993
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Dining companion: Richie Nakano, former Hapa Ramen chef

What 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."

4505

2. Swan Oyster Depot

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1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-1101
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Dining companion: Himself

What 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.'"

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373 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 393-9000
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Dining companion: Kurt Osiander, Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor

What they ate: Tasting menu

In his words: "Top of the fine dining world."

4. Sinbad's Pier2 Restaurant

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141 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 781-2555
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Dining companion: John Birdsall, James Beard award-winning writer

What 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

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9 Anchor Dr
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 653-3400
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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

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5179 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 652-7350
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Dining companion: John Birdsall, James Beard award-winning writer

What 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."

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7. Miss Ollie's

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901 Washington St
Oakland, CA 94607
(415) 260-4545
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Dining companion: Bobby Seale, Black Panthers founding member

What they ate: Fried chicken, dirty rice, collard greens

In his words: "We get a taste of the shiny, new Oakland."

8. Minato

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617 N 6th St
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 998-9711
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.

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1. 4505 Burgers & BBQ

705 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
4505
Dining companion: Richie Nakano, former Hapa Ramen chef

What 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."

705 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

2. Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Parts Unknown
Dining companion: Himself

What 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.'"

1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. Coi

373 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
Dining companion: Kurt Osiander, Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor

What they ate: Tasting menu

In his words: "Top of the fine dining world."

373 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

4. Sinbad's Pier2 Restaurant

141 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
Dining companion: John Birdsall, James Beard award-winning writer

What 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."

141 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111

5. Trader Vic's

9 Anchor Dr, Emeryville, CA 94608
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."

9 Anchor Dr
Emeryville, CA 94608

6. Juhu Beach Club

5179 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Parts Unknown
Dining companion: John Birdsall, James Beard award-winning writer

What 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."

5179 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609

7. Miss Ollie's

901 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607
Dining companion: Bobby Seale, Black Panthers founding member

What they ate: Fried chicken, dirty rice, collard greens

In his words: "We get a taste of the shiny, new Oakland."

901 Washington St
Oakland, CA 94607

8. Minato

617 N 6th St, San Jose, CA 95112
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.

617 N 6th St
San Jose, CA 95112

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