Anthony Bourdain now has an official food trail in New Jersey -- the home state of the late celebrity chef, author and television personality.
A few weeks after Bourdain’s death in 2018, New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty proposed an official state food trail be set up to honor the man. Though born in New York, Bourdain grew up in Leonia, N.J., and dedicated an entire episode of his series Parts Unknown to the Garden State, highlighting 10 restaurants along the way.
Last month, the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail was unanimously approved by the New Jersey Legislature, according to the Daily Meal. The designation of the food trail includes those 10 spots Bourdain visited while filming his New Jersey episode, four of which are in popular meeting destination Atlantic City:
- Kubel’s (Barnegat Light)
- Hiram’s Roadstand (Fort Lee)
- Tony & Ruth Steaks (Camden)
- Donkey’s Place (Camden)
- Lucille’s Country Cooking (Barnegat)
- Frank’s Deli (Asbury Park)
- James’ Salt Water Taffy (Atlantic City)
- Knife and Fork Inn (Atlantic City)
- Dock’s Oyster House (Atlantic City)
- Tony’s Baltimore Grill (Atlantic City)
New Jersey's Official Anthony Bourdain Food Trail
8 W 7th St., Barnegat Light
First opening its doors in the 1920s, Kubel's began as a local watering hole for tired fishermen working off New Jersey's Long Beach Island. Over the years, it has transformed into a full-service restaurant and tavern.
The casual spot features a full dining room and bar, with outdoor and covered-patio seating seasonally. Menu items include an array of seafood dishes, such as clams, sea scallops, grilled tuna and salmon. The crab pie entrée is made from an old tavern recipe of jumbo lump crabmeat in rich cream combined with herbs, spices, peppers and onions topped with puff pastry.
Private rooms are available for both corporate and special events. These events are organized directly with Kubel's chef and offer personalized menus upon request.
1345 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee
A New Jersey staple since 1932, Hiram's is known as a "...roadside spot perfect for deep-fried hotdogs." Open until 9:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 9 on Thursday and 8:30 on Sunday, the low-key locale provides space to kick back and enjoy a number of comfort-food options while on the road.
847 N 8th St., Camden
En route to Philadelphia, Tony and Ruth's Steaks is a hole-in-the-wall stop for cheesesteaks, burgers and an array of fried fare. It might be small, but the establishment is known for feeding a long line of customers that often wraps around the block.
223 Haddon Ave., Camden
It seems that Bourdain loved a restaurant rooted in history, as Donkey's is another on the food trail that dates back a ways, this time to the 1940s. This down-home counter and bar joint is known for serving its cheesesteaks on poppy seed buns with piles of French fries.
Though the space itself is quite small, planners can book Donkey's Food Truck for their events.
1496 Main St., Barnegat
Serving breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, Lucille's, a local diner, is open year-round (except on Christmas Day).
1406 Main St., Asbury Park
If you're looking for savory, melt-in-your-mouth food without all the bells and whistles, Frank's Deli is your go-to spot. Just off the beach in Asbury Park, Frank's serves up hearty breakfast specials and offers to-go lunch options that can be picked up before heading to any of the nearby hotels and resorts. The home-style deli is known for its overstuffed sandwiches and Greek, Italian and Mexican dishes.
2821 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
Right on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, James' Saltwater Taffy and Candy Company has been serving up sweet treats for decades.
With bulk and business gifting buying options, James' makes it easy to place orders large enough to satisfy the sweet cravings of all your meeting attendees.
3600 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City
First opened in 1912, this local landmark and upscale eatery features steaks, chops and seafood, plus an extensive wine list. The private-dining menu for large groups taps into the best delectables the restaurant cooks up, such as the jumbo lump crab cake with Asian pear slaw and spicy red pepper coulis, and the maple-pecan salmon with butternut squash, Swiss chard and dried cranberries.
Knife and Fork offers a number of group rooms:
- The Pageant Room (capacity: 12 for a sit-down dinner),
- The Hearth Room (capacity: 40 sit-down, 50 for a reception),
- The main dining room (capacity: 60-80 sit-down, 100-120 reception),
- The Ladies Lounge (capacity: 20 sit-down) and
- The Wine Room (capacity: 40 sit-down, 60 reception).
For more group-centric information, click here.
2405 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City
An Atlantic City icon since 1897, Dock's Oyster House is an upscale seafood outfit featuring a cozy and elegant dining room with nightly piano music. Oysters are a focal point of the menu -- with eight to 12 varieties available nightly. The menu also features a wide array of fish and shellfish, house-made soups, sides and salads featuring local produce and meats.
Accommodating up to 60 guests for a sit-down dinner (more for cocktail parties), Dock's offers a private room featuring exposed brick, a private bar and audiovisual equipment. Other areas of the restaurant can be used for semi-private events.
Private dining menus are available but can also be customized to suit a group's needs. For more information, click here.
2800 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City
Known for its retro décor, throwback jukebox, and an endless stream of pizza pie, Tony's 24-hour spot is a go-to place for many residents and travelers in need of cheap eats or a late-night meal.
Opened in 1927, Tony's menu features a plethora of pizzas, sandwiches, snacks, sides and Italian pasta dishes that are sure to satisfy any late-night craving.