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Anthony Bourdain at Octane Coffee & Little Tart Bakeshop.
Anthony Bourdain at Octane Coffee & Little Tart Bakeshop.
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A Guide to Bourdain's Atlanta Episode of The Layover

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Anthony Bourdain at Octane Coffee & Little Tart Bakeshop.
| Photo: Travel Channel

Anthony Bourdain's Atlanta episode of the Layover aired on the Travel Channel last night and showcased everything in this fair city— which Bourdain called the "new Singapore"— from the Earl and Clermont Lounge to Miller Union and Holeman & Finch with Octopus Bar and Octane in between. Below, a handy guide of all 21 places Bourdain mentioned, along with his quotes on the restaurants. Miss the show? See clips right here.


· The Layover: Atlanta Episode [Travel Channel]
· All Coverage of the Layover [-EATL-]
· All Coverage of Anthony Bourdain [-EATL-]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fat Matt's Rib Shack

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1811 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 607-1622
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"Okay, barbecue snobs, food nerds: I know it's not real barbecue. I know there are better restaurants in Atlanta. But back the *** up ... [because] it makes me happy. It tastes good. You should eat here."

2. Curly's Fried Chicken

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1021 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 872-7888
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"For fried chicken, there's Curly's in Home Park. Walk-up shack where you can get breasts, wings, or thighs. Single-dipped in flour and deep fried to extra crispy."

3. The Big Apple Inn

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1542 Ralph David Abernathy, Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 254-1678
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"Here you can get yourself an awesome pig ear sandwich, if you like: at the Big Apple Inn over in Westview. ... Takeout only."

4. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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"Designed expressly for the chefly sensibilities of other cooks and and chefs and restaurant people, it's now a hit with everybody." Bourdain also tries the famous limited-quantity burger: "Good engineering. Really important. ... The chef makes his own buns, his own ketchup, and makes his own pickles. Any questions?"
664 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 815-1127
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"HD1 is Chef Richard Blais's Church of the Hot Dogs over in Poncey Highlands."

6. Empire State South

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999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA
(404) 541-1105
"...Where chefs like Hugh Acheson and Ryan Smith are doing neo-retro Southern cooking.

7. Octopus Bar

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560 Gresham Ave
Atlanta, GA 30316
"Nightcap at a chef-friendly establishment known as Octopus Bar in East Atlanta. The food is terrific."

8. The Porter Beer Bar

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1156 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 223-0393
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"They got like 36 beers on tap and about 700 in the bottle Beer nerds and beer geeks alike will love their craft beers, their local brews like SweetWater, Terrapin, and Monday Night Brewing."

9. Victory Sandwich Bar

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280 Elizabeth St, Ste A-III
Atlanta, GA 30307
(770) 676-7287
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"Just a few blocks away in Inman Park is VIctory Sandwich Bar, another late-night favorite for the service industry. ... Like Octopus Bar, a good place to hang out with the people who keep Atlanta fed and liquored."

10. Octane Coffee + Little Tart Bakeshop

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437 Memorial Dr, Ste A5
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 348-4797
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"Free wireless— awesome. Good to be back in the People's Republic of Laptopistan." Also: "offering hot, caffeinated beverages of excellent quality."

11. Home Grown

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968 Memorial Dr. SE
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 222-0455
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"If you need a whole breakfast, though— old school, full-on— then Home Grown in Reynoldstown might be what you need."

12. Buford Highway Farmers Market

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5600 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340
(770) 455-0770
"...The mammoth Buford Highway Farmers Market, which makes no sense at all in the best possible way."

13. Sweet Auburn Curb Market

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209 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(678) 927-9401
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"You can also source ingredients inside the perimeter at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. They established in 1923 downtown and are the place to go for meat, fish, seafood, Southern staples, and ingredients from many lands."

14. Star Provisions

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1198 Howell Mill Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 365-0410
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"Owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison have selected over 200 varieties of cheese, cured meats, and fresh baked breads. Open til midnight."

15. El Taco Veloz

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5084 Buford Hwy
Doraville, GA 30341
(770) 936-9094
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"El Taco Veloz: Drive right the *** up and get yourself some authentic *** deliciousness."

16. Northern China Eatery

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5141 Buford Highway Suite C
Atlanta, GA
(770) 458-2282
"Other highlights on the Buford Highway, this veritable stairway to heaven? There's Northern China Eatery ... that means dumplings— good dumplings."

17. Crawfish Shack Seafood

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4337 Buford Hwy, Ste 170
Atlanta, GA 30341
(404) 929-6789
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"Down the Yellow Brick Road, the Cajun-style, Asian mutation Crawfish Shack Seafood ... Deep-fried fish, low country boils. Not your typical Cajun, but oh so good."

18. Miller Union

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999 Brady Avenue
Atlanta, GA
(678) 733-8550
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"It has a respected reputation among the Atlanta locavore elite. They are head-to-toe organic, local, seasonal."

19. The Colonnade Restaurant

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1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 874-5642
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"You can't visit Atlanta without covering an institution like the Colonnade in Morningside/Lenox Park. This Atlanta institution serves authentic Southern specialities ... it's been around for over 80 years."

20. Clermont Lounge

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789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 874-4783
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"This place should be a national landmark. The most beloved institution in the entire city ... it's not like other strip clubs. It's not like other strip clubs. It's operating on a whole other level."

21. The Earl

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488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 522-3950
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"Opened in 1999, this rock and roll club slash neighborhood dive is famous for cheap beer, strong drinks, and loud music."

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1. Fat Matt's Rib Shack

1811 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
"Okay, barbecue snobs, food nerds: I know it's not real barbecue. I know there are better restaurants in Atlanta. But back the *** up ... [because] it makes me happy. It tastes good. You should eat here."
1811 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

2. Curly's Fried Chicken

1021 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318
"For fried chicken, there's Curly's in Home Park. Walk-up shack where you can get breasts, wings, or thighs. Single-dipped in flour and deep fried to extra crispy."
1021 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

3. The Big Apple Inn

1542 Ralph David Abernathy, Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310
"Here you can get yourself an awesome pig ear sandwich, if you like: at the Big Apple Inn over in Westview. ... Takeout only."
1542 Ralph David Abernathy, Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30310

4. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
"Designed expressly for the chefly sensibilities of other cooks and and chefs and restaurant people, it's now a hit with everybody." Bourdain also tries the famous limited-quantity burger: "Good engineering. Really important. ... The chef makes his own buns, his own ketchup, and makes his own pickles. Any questions?"
2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

5. HD1

664 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
"HD1 is Chef Richard Blais's Church of the Hot Dogs over in Poncey Highlands."
664 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

6. Empire State South

999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
"...Where chefs like Hugh Acheson and Ryan Smith are doing neo-retro Southern cooking.
999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

7. Octopus Bar

560 Gresham Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316
"Nightcap at a chef-friendly establishment known as Octopus Bar in East Atlanta. The food is terrific."
560 Gresham Ave
Atlanta, GA 30316

8. The Porter Beer Bar

1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
"They got like 36 beers on tap and about 700 in the bottle Beer nerds and beer geeks alike will love their craft beers, their local brews like SweetWater, Terrapin, and Monday Night Brewing."
1156 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

9. Victory Sandwich Bar

280 Elizabeth St, Ste A-III, Atlanta, GA 30307
"Just a few blocks away in Inman Park is VIctory Sandwich Bar, another late-night favorite for the service industry. ... Like Octopus Bar, a good place to hang out with the people who keep Atlanta fed and liquored."
280 Elizabeth St, Ste A-III
Atlanta, GA 30307

10. Octane Coffee + Little Tart Bakeshop

437 Memorial Dr, Ste A5, Atlanta, GA 30312
"Free wireless— awesome. Good to be back in the People's Republic of Laptopistan." Also: "offering hot, caffeinated beverages of excellent quality."
437 Memorial Dr, Ste A5
Atlanta, GA 30312

11. Home Grown

968 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30317
"If you need a whole breakfast, though— old school, full-on— then Home Grown in Reynoldstown might be what you need."
968 Memorial Dr. SE
Atlanta, GA 30317

12. Buford Highway Farmers Market

5600 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340
"...The mammoth Buford Highway Farmers Market, which makes no sense at all in the best possible way."
5600 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340

13. Sweet Auburn Curb Market

209 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
"You can also source ingredients inside the perimeter at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. They established in 1923 downtown and are the place to go for meat, fish, seafood, Southern staples, and ingredients from many lands."
209 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

14. Star Provisions

1198 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA 30318
"Owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison have selected over 200 varieties of cheese, cured meats, and fresh baked breads. Open til midnight."
1198 Howell Mill Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30318

15. El Taco Veloz

5084 Buford Hwy, Doraville, GA 30341
"El Taco Veloz: Drive right the *** up and get yourself some authentic *** deliciousness."
5084 Buford Hwy
Doraville, GA 30341

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16. Northern China Eatery

5141 Buford Highway Suite C, Atlanta, GA
"Other highlights on the Buford Highway, this veritable stairway to heaven? There's Northern China Eatery ... that means dumplings— good dumplings."
5141 Buford Highway Suite C
Atlanta, GA

17. Crawfish Shack Seafood

4337 Buford Hwy, Ste 170, Atlanta, GA 30341
"Down the Yellow Brick Road, the Cajun-style, Asian mutation Crawfish Shack Seafood ... Deep-fried fish, low country boils. Not your typical Cajun, but oh so good."
4337 Buford Hwy, Ste 170
Atlanta, GA 30341

18. Miller Union

999 Brady Avenue, Atlanta, GA
"It has a respected reputation among the Atlanta locavore elite. They are head-to-toe organic, local, seasonal."
999 Brady Avenue
Atlanta, GA

19. The Colonnade Restaurant

1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324
"You can't visit Atlanta without covering an institution like the Colonnade in Morningside/Lenox Park. This Atlanta institution serves authentic Southern specialities ... it's been around for over 80 years."
1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30324

20. Clermont Lounge

789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
"This place should be a national landmark. The most beloved institution in the entire city ... it's not like other strip clubs. It's not like other strip clubs. It's operating on a whole other level."
789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

21. The Earl

488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
"Opened in 1999, this rock and roll club slash neighborhood dive is famous for cheap beer, strong drinks, and loud music."
488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

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