Bourdain to Showcase Rust Belt Food


An episode of the Travel Channel show “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” set to air Monday will showcase the culinary delicacies of Baltimore, Detroit and Buffalo.

I’ve never seen the show, but this preview, from The Buffalo News, describes Bourdain’s style as “acerbic” and “salty” as well as “not really Chamber of Commerce material.” Despite that, this writer says, the host manages to keep the show balanced by praising the cities’ cuisine as well as some of their assets, such as Buffalo’s famous architecture.

The show will be on Monday at 10 p.m.

Thanks to Rust Wire reader Eric Noyes for bringing this to our attention.


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4 responses to “Bourdain to Showcase Rust Belt Food

  1. It’s an excellent show, and Bourdain has a great reputation for being candid and honest in his food & travel reviews. I look forward to seeing it!

  2. He did one on Cleveland last year. You can get it from the library, or watch the whole thing on Youtube. Check it out:

  3. Awww you can’t embed video in these comments? Lame. Anyway, here’s the link to the youtube of Anthony Bourdain in Cleveland:

    And I like Bourdain’s show. I kind of wish he would have come to Cleveland in the summer — and not gone to Skyline Chili in the first scene! — however, overall it was a pretty good review. I think he wanted to show the city in it’s cold, gritty light..

  4. Special K

    Here’s Anthony Bourdain’s blog post about this show:

    After reading what he has to say, it sounds like Bourdain definitely has the right approach for how to see these cities.

    A highlight:

    “I think that troubled cities often tragically misinterpret what’s coolest about themselves. They scramble for cure-alls, something that will “attract business”, always one convention center, one pedestrian mall or restaurant district away from revival. They miss their biggest, best and probably most marketable asset: their unique and slightly off-center character. Few people go to New Orleans because it’s a “normal” city — or a “perfect” or “safe” one. They go because it’s crazy, borderline dysfunctional, permissive, shabby, alcoholic and bat shit crazy — and because it looks like nowhere else. Cleveland is one of my favorite cities. I don’t arrive there with a smile on my face every time because of the Cleveland Philarmonic.”

    I’m looking forward to this show.

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