Visit Anthony Bourdain’s Favorite New Jersey Restaurants


This week-a year after his death-Chef Anthony Bourdain is being honored by New Jersey officials with a “food trail,” which celebrates the restaurants of his home state.

Following a 2015 episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown devoted to New Jersey, the trail is made up of 10 restaurants he visited during the show-including a hot dog spot of his childhood and a cheesesteak joint he hailed worthy of national landmark status.

“It’s a bittersweet day for me to be here because obviously Tony should be here,” Chris Bourdain, his brother, said at the trail’s official opening event at Hiram’s Restaurant, one stop along the food trail.

The trail itself runs from Bergen County down to Ocean, Monmouth, Atlantic, and Camden counties, as writes-so it’s best accessible by car if you’re planning to tackle a few of them in one day.

Here is the complete list of stops on the food trail, if you’re hoping to follow the trail:


  • Frank’s Deli, 1406 Main St., Asbury Park
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  • Tony’s Baltimore Grill, 2800 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City
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  • Dock’s Oyster House, 2405 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City
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  • Knife & Fork Inn, 3600 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City
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  • James’ Salt Water Taffy, 1519 Boardwalk, 1325 Boardwalk and 1901 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
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  • Kubel’s, 28 W. Seventh St. Barnegat Light
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  • Lucille’s Country Cooking, 1496 Main St., Barnegat
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  • Donkey’s Place, 1223 Haddon Ave., Camden
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  • Tony & Ruth Steaks, 837 N. Eighth St., Camden
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  • Hiram’s Roadstand, 1345 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee

This trail doesn’t (and couldn’t, really) entirely capture Bourdain’s love of diverse cuisines; he was also a known fan of Korean spot So Kong Dong and the Japanese chain Mitsuwa Marketplace.

If you want to re-visit Bourdain’s trek through his home state without traveling yourself, Parts Unknown’s fifth season is available to buy on Amazon Prime.

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