The Anthony Bourdain Food Trail Is Now Open in New Jersey

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Anthony Bourdain had a unique gift.

He was able to genuinely connect with people of all backgrounds in every single corner of the world.

And although most people viewed Bourdain as a New Yorker, he actually grew up in New Jersey in a town called Leonia. Bourdain frequently talked about his favorite places to eat in the Garden State and visited them on his television shows. And now his home state is paying tribute to the late chef/writer/TV host with a food trail dedicated to Bourdain’s favorite New Jersey restaurants.

After Bourdain’s tragic suicide in June 2018, an assemblyman in New Jersey named Paul Moriarty proposed establishing an official food trail dedicated to Bourdain’s favorite eateries.

The trail draws on Bourdain’s New Jeresey-themed episode of Parts Unknown and features restaurants throughout the whole state, from Fort Lee in the north to just outside of Philadelphia to stops along the southern Jersey Shore.


The food trail passed a vote in January and was officially inaugurated last week. The trail was officially launched from Hiram’s Roadstand in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Bourdain’s brother Chris was there for the inauguration and said about Hiram’s, “We’d hang here a lot. When Mom would be too tired to cook, we’d find ourselves at Hiram’s — at least once a month.”

The restaurants on the trail include:

Kubel’s (Barnegat Light)
Hiram’s Roadstand (Fort Lee)
Tony & Ruth Steaks (Camden)
Donkey’s Place (Camden)
Lucille’s Country Cooking (Barnegat)
Frank’s Deli (Asbury Park)
James Candy Company (Atlantic City)
Knife & Fork (Atlantic City)
Dock’s Oyster House (Atlantic City)
Tony’s Baltimore Grill (Atlantic City)

Sounds like a great road trip to me!

Mr. Bourdain, you are missed dearly.