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Bourdain food trail could be in the works for NJ

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Fans of the late Anthony Bourdain soon might get to explore his favorite New Jersey eateries on an official food trail named in his honor.

Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, D-4th District, introduced a resolution Monday calling on the state Division of Travel and Tourism to create a trail that would include 10 restaurants from Fort Lee to Atlantic City.

The trail, dubbed the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail, would run down the line of eateries he visited in a 2015 episode of his CNN food and travel show Parts Unknown.

“It would be a fitting tribute to take his favorite places in New Jersey and create a food trail so that the people who loved him could come and follow in his footsteps and savor a taste of New Jersey,” said Moriarty.

Bourdain, who died by suicide earlier this month, was a native of Leonia.

“At the end of the day, even though he toured the world and dined with people of all cultures, he was a Jersey boy at heart,” Moriarty said. “If you go back and watch the episode that he did on New Jersey, it shines—he was Jersey through and through. It stuck with him throughout his life, and he still came back to the taste and the pulse of New Jersey.”

The 10 eateries Moriarty wants to include in the trail include Hiram’s Roadstand in Fort Lee; Frank’s Deli in Asbury Park; Kubel’s in Barnegat Light; Lucille’s Country Cooking in Barnegat; Tony and Ruth Steaks and Donkey’s Place in Camden; and Fork, Dock’s Oyster House, Tony’s Baltimore Grill, and James’ Salt Water Taffy in Atlantic City.

“I think it would be a nice idea, since he is from New Jersey,” said Frank’s Deli owner Joe Maggio of the trail.

According to Maggio, whose father opened the deli in 1960, Bourdain had a number-four sub when he visited for the show: provolone, salami, boiled ham, and capicola, served on homemade Italian bread.

Moriarty told NJBIZ that representatives from the Division of Travel and Tourism have already reached out to him about his proposal.

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Albany, N.Y. native Gabrielle Saulsbery is a staff writer for NJBIZ and the newest thing in New Jersey. You can contact her at gsaulsbery@njbiz.com.

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