It might be the northern neighbor for most of us who call the USA home, but I feel like it’s safe to say that we don’t really know as much about Canada as we think we do. Sure, we’re less scared of Canada – and its cuisine – than Mexico to the south, but by golly – Can you name all the provinces and territories? (There are only 13 in total!) Do you know where the capital is? (It’s not Toronto…) How about what they consider their national dish? (It’s pictured twice below!)
As with many places – including his home country, too – Anthony Bourdain traveled to Canada to help open the eyes of his viewers to the people and cuisine that make this country special. Over the course of all four shows, he ate well, explored widely, and hopefully inspired a few of us to try something new – even if it was as simple as french fries with cheese curds and gravy. (That would be poutine, Canada’s national dish!)
Below you’ll find a recap of the different destinations visited by Anthony Bourdain in Canada, some (or all) of the restaurants he ate at which are still open today, and links to the guides I’ve published about each one. Use this as a jumping-off point to explore across the border, and don’t be surprised if you actually like it a lot!
Montréal & Québec
The way Bourdain structured his visits to Montréal and Québec made sense for me to publish them as two separate guides; Tony visited a lot more places in Montréal than the rest of the province (which made sense to publish a city guide to all of them), and I wanted to highlight those few places outside the city in their own guide.
In any case, here’s a short list of some of the best spots Bourdain visited in Montréal, and all the places he visited elsewhere in Québec:
- Au Pied de Cochon (Montréal)
- Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon (Mirabel)
- Joe Beef (Montréal)
- L’Affaire est Ketchup (Québec City)
- Schwartz’s Deli (Montréal)
- Sucrerie de la Montagne (Rigaud)
- The Continental (Québec City)
Late in his career, Tony took an indulgent trip to Newfoundland to eat well and relax on a “bro-cation;” he primarily spent time in the capital city of St. John’s, but did strike out on a few other great meals too. Here’s where he ate during that one-episode trip that are still open today:
There aren’t a ton of choices left, but if you’re visiting Newfoundland, be sure to check out the details about what he ate at each place.
As the country’s largest city, it should be no surprise that there are a lot of great places to eat; surprisingly Bourdain only visited Toronto once – to film his least favorite show, The Layover – so we don’t get quite the same experience as other Canadian cities and destinations he explored. Nevertheless, there are still some great places to eat in Toronto if you let Tony be your guide:
These are just the spots that are still open now (over a decade after his visit), so be sure to check the complete guide to places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Toronto for details about all of them (including closed spots and other places recommended on-screen but not visited by Tony himself).
Last but not least, Anthony Bourdain also dedicated some time to exploring Canada’s West Coast urban core, Vancouver. The episode about this city doesn’t show off many places, but it does a great job of highlighting the city’s culinary and cultural diversity. Here’s where Tony ate during his visit:
Best of all, all of these restaurants are still open today (with the exception of Sooke Harbor House, which is in the process of changing chefs)! Check out all the details in the guide to places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Vancouver.
Have any other questions about the places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Canada, or where he ate in each city or province? Let me know in the comments below!