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Exploring New Jersey’s Anthony Bourdain Food Trail

As a globetrotting chef and TV personality, Anthony Bourdain dined with celebrities and ate at Zagat-rated restaurants.

But no matter where he went, he still craved the humble foods of his youth.

Though he was born in New York City, he spent much of his childhood in Leonia, New Jersey.

After his passing in 2018, the state of New Jersey created the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail. The trail spotlights restaurants featured in the New Jersey episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Pars Unknown."

Here’s where to go to explore the celebrated chef's culinary roots.

Hiram’s Roadstand | Fort Lee

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Whenever Bourdain’s mother, Gladys, didn’t feel like cooking, the family went here for “rippers” – deep-fried hot dogs that had ruptured while sizzling in oil.

Lucille’s Country Cooking | Warren Grove

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Here, Bourdain sampled a cup of chili, two eggs over easy, home fries, scrapple, rye toast and a slice of homemade blueberry pie.

Long Beach Island

While not an official trail stop, Bourdain spent summers with his family on Long Beach Island. In the episode, he reminisced about eating fried clams and having his first kiss there.

Kubel’s | Barnegat Light

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The oldest tavern on Long Beach Island, Kubel’s specializes in fresh seafood, including Bourdain’s favorite: clams.

Donkey’s Place | Camden

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Forget Philly cheesesteaks. The best cheesesteak – the one Bourdain believed should be "a national landmark" – is at Donkey’s Place, just across the Delaware River in Camden.

Tony’s Baltimore Grill | Atlantic City

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Bourdain sampled a sausage pizza and spaghetti with giant meatballs here during the New Jersey episode.

James' Original Salt Water Taffy | Atlantic City

Salt water taffy was perfected on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Even though Bourdain didn’t like sweets, he made a point to stop here.

Dock’s Oyster House | Atlantic City

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At Dock's, Bourdain enjoyed fresh-shucked oysters, a huge lobster stuffed with crab meat and pommes soufflés.

Knife & Fork Inn | Atlantic City

When you visit this restaurant, order the lobster or a classic like filet Oscar or herb-crusted rack of lamb.

Frank’s Deli & Restaurant | Asbury Park

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The deli's claim to fame is the pork roll breakfast sandwich, made with pork roll (or Taylor ham as some in N.J. call it), a fried egg and cheese.

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