Anthony Bourdain has finally come to town, and is filming what he promises will be the first Philly food/travel show that is cheesesteak free and entirely eschews the “Rocky” (aka Art Museum) steps. Shooting for an episode of The Layover, the Travel Channel star made the rounds of some iconic Philadelphia spots throughout the day yesterday, and his local adventures look to be continuing throughout Wednesday - he’s already cured his hangover with breakfast at Pho 75.
The hangover came from the last stop on his Tuesday tour: 13th Street dive bar Dirty Frank’s, where he outlasted drinking partners Peter McAndrews (Modo Mio, Monsu, Paesano’s, Popolino, La Porta) and Han Dynasty’s Han Chiang. The day started with a visit to Di Bruno Bros.' famous Ninth Street cheese cave, where Bourdain sampled cheeses “you can’t find anywhere else,” he told Eater.
Also a comic book writer (Get Jiro recently hit No. 1 on the New York Times best sellers list), the food finder was excited to discover an illustration of Marco Pierre White (widely considered the first celebrity chef) on a skateboard nailed to a telephone pole in South Philly - a piece of street art created by one of the Di Bruno cheesemongers, we hear.
Next came sandwiches at Paesano’s, and then a non-food detour to the oddity-filled Mutter Museum, where his favorite item was the gigantic preserved “mega colon.” Drinks at Queen Village standby Southwark started the evening, which he continued with dinner with McAndrews at Marc Vetri’s Amis, a gem Bourdain called “flat out amazing Roman Italian.”
Where will the outspoken chef/author/star go next? Follow along on Twitter, or just wait for the Philly episode of The Layover, slated to air sometime this season.