Bourdain Food Trail at James'

Photo by Jack Reynolds. 

The state of New Jersey will officially honor the memory of famed celebrity chef, food writer and Jersey native Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain, who passed away last June, continues to be a beloved figure in his home state and beyond. The Anthony Bourdain Food Trail highlights 10 individual restaurants throughout the state that Bourdain visited and ate at during a Season 5 episode of his CNN show “Parts Unknown.”

The Food Trail is the result of a resolution introduced last year and sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, D-Gloucester; Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, D-Burlington; and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, D-Hudson. The resolution was adopted unanimously in January.

Of the 10 spots highlighted on the trail, four of them are in Atlantic City –Dock’s Oyster House, The Knife and Fork Inn, Tony’s Baltimore Grill and James’ Saltwater Taffy. James’ served as the official launch site of the Food Trail on Friday, June 14, as Jeffrey Vasser, Executive Director of the New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism, along with Bourdain’s Brother Chris and local and state officials officially inaugurated the trail.

The trail will live on as a celebration of Bourdain’s dedication both to his home state and to the culinary experience it provides. It will also serve to boost tourism, as the restaurants included in it will be promoted through the state’s tourism website,, and at trade shows that state representatives will attend.

The 10 spots on the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail are:

• Hiram’s Roadstand (Fort Lee)

• Frank’s Deli (Asbury Park)

• Kubel’s (Barnegat Light)

• Lucille’s Country Cooking (Barnegat)

• Dock’s Oyster House (Atlantic City)

• James’ Salt Water Taffy (Atlantic City)

• Knife and Fork Inn (Atlantic City)

• Tony’s Baltimore Grill (Atlantic City)

• Donkey’s Place (Camden)

• Tony & Ruth Steaks (Camden)

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