Florida looms large in a lot of people’s minds, and not always for the best reasons recently. While I can hazard a guess of how Anthony Bourdain might feel about the state as of late, we can’t deny that he enjoyed visiting during his television career.
Anthony Bourdain visited Miami to film season 2 (episode 3, “South Florida”) of No Reservations, season 1 (episode 4, “Miami”) of The Layover, and season 5 (episode 2, “Miami) of Parts Unknown; the only show in which he didn’t visit Miami was A Cook’s Tour. Over the course of these visits, he sampled the many ways people live and thrive in the Sunshine State.
In addition to frog gigging in the Everglades (which wasn’t a formal tour/restaurant), Anthony Bourdain explored and ate a lot in Florida – Southern Florida specifically. Below you’ll find a starting point if you want to eat at the same places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Florida; it’s organized by location and then includes retaurants and links fro more info.
Key West & the Keys
Originally, I had planned to write a whole guide about the places visited by Anthony Bourdain in the Florida Keys, and then I watched one episode where he visits “South Florida” (season 2, episode 3 of No Reservations) and realized: there’s only one!
Conch Town Cafe is located in the Bahama Village of Key West, and the must-try food here is in the name: conch, of course. Tony tries Conch Fritters with his Florida chef friend Norman Van Aken; this underscores what he experiences during some of his meals in Miami (more on that below).
It seems like this place might have changed names to Conch Town USA; if you know the Keys and can let me know in the comments below, I’d appreciate it!
The main place that Bourdain spent time in Florida was Miami, a city he knew well even before he started visiting on-screen – he already had a go-to hotel (The Raleigh Hotel) by the time of his first episode. In addition to that favorite spot, here are some other essential places he visited (among the 20+ in total) that are still open today:
- Chef Creole Seasoned Restaurant
- El Rey De Las Fritas
- Mac’s Club Deuce Bar
- Michael’s Genuine
- Pepito’s Plaza
- Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Be sure to check out the complete guide to places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Miami if you want the full list as well as what he ate in each place.
Have any questions about the places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Florida, or where he ate in each one? Let me know in the comments below!