By now, many of you will have seen this NYT interview with Anthony Bourdain, but I’m mentioning it here for all latecomers (myself included). In promotion of his new show The Layover, Bourdain answered a few questions about his all-time favorite places to eat, and SF made the list. Yeah, boy! Straight from the horse’s mouth:
Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me. You go there as a snarky New Yorker thinking it’s politically correct, it’s crunchy granola, it’s vegetarian, and it surprises you every time. It’s a two-fisted drinking town, a carnivorous meat-eating town, it’s dirty and nasty and wonderful.
Right on, Mr. Bourdain. SF does have a crunchy granola rep — admittedly accurate, in some cases — but San Franciscans definitely know their way around a charcuterie plate (and a bar). Props to the chef for mentioning Mr. Bing’s; I’m only sad that he didn’t salute any of the other great dives this city has to offer.