Anthony Bourdain’s restaurant bucket list

Anthony Bourdain, chef and author of Kitchen Confidential, jots down some notes on the 13 restaurants you should eat at before dying. Some expected and not so expected choices on his list.

Bourdain acknowledges that as “any seasoned traveler can tell you, the ‘best’ meals on the planet are the result of an ephemeral confluence of circumstances,” and makes convincing arguments for each of his picks, which also include Kansas City, Kan.’s Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue, Tokyo’s Sukiyabashi Jiro and London’s St. John.

Others making the list include: ElBulli, The French Laundry and Per Se (both owned by Thomas Keller), Salumi (Mario Batali’s parent’s sandwich shop in Seattle), Russ & Daughters, Katz’s Deli, St. John’s in London, Sin Huat Eating House in Singapore, Le Bernardin in NYC, Etxebarri in Axpe, Spain, and finally, Hot Doug’s in Chicago.

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  • jamesfurbush July 21, 2009, 11:00 pm

    If I ever make it up to Seattle, Salumi is definitely a place I'm going to stop in. You'll have to let me know how it is! Kitchen Confidential is one of my favs.

  • Linda Kaiser July 21, 2009, 9:21 pm

    My fiance and I are heading to Seattle tomorrow morning. We will defintiely check out Salumi on Tony's recommendation. I am reading Mr. Bourdain's book, Kitchen Confidential, for the second time. It's fantastic! And enlightening.