Some Reservations: 12 Dishes Anthony Bourdain Swore By And 10 He’d Judge Us For Ordering
Published in Dec 2018 / Updated in Aug 2021
Bourdain’s outstanding cooking abilities were never in doubt, which is why we can take the legend’s lead when it comes to picking good meals over terrible dishes.
Through his books and TV shows, Bourdain taught us more about food than we could ever learn on our own. As Parts Unknown proved to us, Bourdain knew plenty about food.
He was an incredible innovator and a brutally honest critic who was never afraid to tell the truth as it is. Similarly, his charming sense of humor was an inspiration to many.
So, his legacy extended far beyond food and into life itself. That’s why he still commands a good following today despite his tragic passing several months ago.
Therefore, if you thought Bourdain’s thoughts about food were always dead-on, then you will appreciate this list of Bourdain’s loved and hated foods better than most.
22. Sushi: Good
To be honest, not all of us have the guts to walk into the top sushi restaurants in the world, but Bourdain did. He particularly loved a Japanese sushi restaurant ran by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
21. Nashvile Hot Chicken: Pass
Bourdain was never shy about expressing his dislike for Nashville Hot Chicken. He advised those who wanted to give it a try to make sure they have a few days for a bathroom break after eating it.
Although it looks like regular chicken, it will set your tongue on fire and send you into a bathroom crisis.
20. Sisig: Good
Asian food delighted Bourdain on a lot of levels, especially how the spices and flavors came together so tantalizingly. He was particularly fond of sisig from the Philippines, which he described as simple, flavorful, delicious, and perfect with beer.
19. Steak Well-Done: Pass
When he heard that Trump likes his steak well-done, Bourdain was shocked. He has also often advised his fans against ordering a well-done steak at restaurants.
Here is what he thinks of those who like their steak well-done:
“I think that’s a window into [their] soul. Anyone who’s that indifferent to food is problematic for me.”
18. Cacio E Pepe: Good
In a No Reservations episode, Bourdain says a good bowl of pasta is “the greatest thing in the history of the world.”
This meal is also very easy to prepare, but he particularly liked how it’s served in a bowl of Parmesan in Rome.
17. Chicken Caesar: Pass
According to Bourdain, Chicken Caesar was an unnecessary evil. While Caesar salad is great on its own, adding chicken to it makes it jumbled up.
16. NYC Hot Dogs: Good
Strangely, the fact that Bourdain loved NYC hot dogs did not come as a surprise to anyone. He grew up on this stuff, and he loved how versatile and satiating these hotdogs are.
15. Club Sandwich: Pass
Bourdain drew parallels between the club sandwich and the worst people in the world. He particularly disliked the slice of bread in the middle, which is the reason he has called this dish an “enemy of freedom.”
14. Roasted Suckling Pig: Good
In No Reservations, Bourdain tried the Roasted Suckling Pic in Bali, and he liked it instantly. This meal has a rich blend of flavors and spices and is cooked just right.
According to Bourdain, this meal is extraordinary, in addition to tasting like candy.
13. Kobe Sliders: Pass
Bourdain had no love left for Kobe sliders, and his wish was to see the day they would no longer exist. As far as he was concerned, the use of Kobe beef only increased the price of this dish and not its value as a dish.
Strangely, Bourdain has always been a huge fan of good food and often visited places where people have to pay a lot for it.
12. Chicken Noodle Soup From Thailand: Good
It’s clear that Bourdain had a soft spot for South-East Asian cuisine. He particularly loves chicken noodle soup from Thailand, which was an ideal light meal for him.