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The late Anthony Bourdain loved New Jersey — and especially New Jersey’s food. Bourdain spent much of his childhood in Leonia, and summers at the Jersey Shore.
In honor of the former resident, the state of New Jersey could soon dedicate a designated Bourdain food trail.
“Even after international fame, he never forgot his Jersey roots,” New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty said in a statement. “Each episode, Bourdain brought his homegrown wit, charm, and sense of humanity to his viewers. He became a New Jersey food icon.”
Moriarty has proposed legislation that the Division of Travel and Tourism establish an official Anthony Bourdain Food Trail. The trail would consist of the 10 restaurants the chef visited on a 2015 episode of CNN’s “Parts Unknown.”
This would include Kubel’s in Barnegat Light, Hiram’s Roadstand in Fort Lee, Knife and Fork, Dock’s Oyster House, Tony’s Baltimore Grill, and James’ Salt Water Taffy in Atlantic City, Tony and Ruth Steaks and Donkey’s Place in Camden, Lucille’s Country Cooking in Barnegat, and Frank’s Deli in Asbury Park, according to The Inquirer.
Many of these places were not only beloved by Bourdain, but are also considered local favorites.