Anthony Boudain's Favorite Restaurants in New Orleans

June 15, 2018

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I consider myself very lucky now to have made the time to see Anthony Bourdain do a speaking engagement at the Mahalia Jackson Theater a few years ago. I hardly ever buy tickets to things like that, but I bought his. He was funny and interesting...all the things you want him to be.

At that show, he took questions from the audience and someone asked him where he'd eat while he was in New Orleans. He answered that he'd probably just go to get a sandwhich at Verti Marte and then go back to the hotel. I had never been to Verti Marte then, but knew I needed to go. That was years ago and I still haven't been. So after Anthony died a few days ago, I felt inspired to get out more. Go to places I haven't been before. Of course, I'm not traveling the world like he did, but I really gotta at least get to Verti Marte. :)

So I was wondering, where else did Anthony Bourdain like to eat when he was in New Orleans? His previous TV home, The Travel Channel, answered that question for me. Here's the list...

1506 S. Carrollton
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930 Tchoupitoulas Street
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5240 Annunciation Street
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Willie Mae's Scotch House
2401 St. Ann Street
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For the rest of Anthony's top choices from cities around the world, check out this page from the Travel Channel.

In a 2013 interview on CNN, Bourdain said New Orleans was the one city in America he would tell someone "they absolutely had to eat."

"In America, there might be better gastronomic destinations than New Orleans, but there is no place more uniquely wonderful. So I would say New Orleans. With the best restaurants in New York, you'll find something similar to it in Paris or Copenhagen or Chicago. But there is no place like New Orleans. So it's a must see city because there's no explaining it, no describing it. You can't compare it to anything. So, far and away New Orleans."