A few weeks after Anthony Bourdain’s death in 2018, New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty proposed that an official “Anthony Bourdain Food Trail” should be set up to honor the chef, writer and travel host.
After all, Bourdain grew up in Bergen County and spent numerous summers vacationing on Long Beach Island. Bourdain dedicated an entire episode in the fifth season of “Parts Unknown” to the Garden State.
There were 10 restaurants he visited during the episode, including Kubel’s in Barnegat Light and Lucille’s Country Kitchen in nearby Warren Grove. The proposed food trail would take all of those restaurants and turn them into a tangible experience for travelers – and now, it’s officially set to become a reality.
At Kubel’s Bourdain dined on fried clams, clam chowder, fish and chips, lobster macaroni and cheese and grilled mahi mahi. Chili, eggs over easy with scrapple, home fries with onions, blueberry pie and coffee was the fare served at Lucille’s.
While Moriarty first proposed the trail on June 18, 2018, the approval recently went through the Legislature. He said the tribute is a great way to connect with the late chef and learn about his roots.
“Given Bourdain’s love of his native State and his prominence as one of New Jersey’s best known chefs, it is appropriate to remember and honor Bourdain by establishing a suitable tribute to him and the great foods he loved in New Jersey,” Moriarty said. “Even after international fame, he never forgot his Jersey roots. Each episode, Bourdain brought his homegrown wit, charm, and sense of humanity to his viewers. He became a New Jersey food icon.”
Moriarty said the trail logistics will be up to the state Division of Travel and Tourism.