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A Restaurant Guide to Anthony Bourdain’s Atlanta Episode of ‘The Layover’

Every restaurant Bourdain visited during his 36-hour layover episode in ATL

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Anthony Bourdain’s Atlanta episode of the Layover aired on the Travel Channel on January 14, 2013. It showcased everything in ATL — which Bourdain dubbed the “new Singapore” — from the Earl in East Atlanta Village and Ponce vice den Clermont Lounge to Steven Satterfield’s award-winning Miller Union in Westside and Holeman & Finch in Buckhead, with EAV’s Octopus Bar and coffee shop Octane in between it all.

While three of the 21 restaurants Bourdain visited have closed (the Big Apple Inn, HD1, Curly’s Fried Chicken), most of them remain Atlanta staples, made even more popular by his visit to ATL. Check out what he had to say about each restaurant back in 2013.

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Fat Matt's Rib Shack

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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.”

Holeman and Finch Public House

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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 and then very limited-quantity H&F burger: “Good engineering. Really important. The chef makes his own buns, his own ketchup, and makes his own pickles. Any questions?”

Empire State South

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“...Where chefs like Hugh Acheson and Ryan Smith [now owner and chef of award-winning Staplehouse] are doing neo-retro Southern cooking.

Octopus Bar

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“Nightcap at a chef-friendly establishment known as Octopus Bar in East Atlanta. The food is terrific.”

The Porter Beer Bar

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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.”

Victory Sandwich Bar

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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.”

Octane Grant Park

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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.”

Home grown GA Restaurant

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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.”

Buford Highway Farmers Market

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“...The mammoth Buford Highway Farmers Market, which makes no sense at all in the best possible way.”

Municipal Market of Atlanta

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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.”

Star Provisions Market & Cafe

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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.”

Note: Bourdain visited Star Provisions when it was still located at Westside Provisions District on Howell Mill Road.

El Taco Veloz

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“El Taco Veloz: Drive right the *** up and get yourself some authentic *** deliciousness.”

Northern China Eatery

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“Other highlights on the Buford Highway, this veritable stairway to heaven? There’s Northern China Eatery...that means dumplings — good dumplings.”

Crawfish Shack Seafood

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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.”

Miller Union

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“It has a respected reputation among the Atlanta locavore elite. They are head-to-toe organic, local, seasonal.”

The Colonnade

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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.”

Note: The Colonnade opened in 1927.

Clermont Lounge

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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 operating on a whole other level.”

The EARL

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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.”

Fat Matt's Rib Shack

“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.”

Holeman and Finch Public House

“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 and then very limited-quantity H&F burger: “Good engineering. Really important. The chef makes his own buns, his own ketchup, and makes his own pickles. Any questions?”

Empire State South

“...Where chefs like Hugh Acheson and Ryan Smith [now owner and chef of award-winning Staplehouse] are doing neo-retro Southern cooking.

Octopus Bar

“Nightcap at a chef-friendly establishment known as Octopus Bar in East Atlanta. The food is terrific.”

The Porter Beer Bar

“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.”

Victory Sandwich Bar

“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.”

Octane Grant Park

“Free wireless — awesome. Good to be back in the People’s Republic of Laptopistan.” Also: “offering hot, caffeinated beverages of excellent quality.”

Home grown GA Restaurant

“If you need a whole breakfast, though — old school, full-on — then Home Grown in Reynoldstown might be what you need.”

Buford Highway Farmers Market

“...The mammoth Buford Highway Farmers Market, which makes no sense at all in the best possible way.”

Municipal Market of Atlanta

“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.”

Star Provisions Market & Cafe

“Owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison have selected over 200 varieties of cheese, cured meats, and fresh baked breads. Open til midnight.”

Note: Bourdain visited Star Provisions when it was still located at Westside Provisions District on Howell Mill Road.

El Taco Veloz

“El Taco Veloz: Drive right the *** up and get yourself some authentic *** deliciousness.”

Northern China Eatery

“Other highlights on the Buford Highway, this veritable stairway to heaven? There’s Northern China Eatery...that means dumplings — good dumplings.”

Crawfish Shack Seafood

“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.”

Miller Union

“It has a respected reputation among the Atlanta locavore elite. They are head-to-toe organic, local, seasonal.”

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The Colonnade

“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.”

Note: The Colonnade opened in 1927.

Clermont Lounge

“This place should be a national landmark. The most beloved institution in the entire city ...it’s not like other strip clubs. It’s operating on a whole other level.”

The EARL

“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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