The late chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain spent his childhood in Leonia, New Jersey, and now that state plans to honor him by tracing his culinary footsteps. A resolution to establish the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail, highlighting the 10 New Jersey eateries Bourdain visited in a 2015 episode of his CNN food and travel show, "Parts Unknown," was unanimously approved.
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New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty introduced a resolution on June 18 that would establish the food trail, and the New Jersey legislature approved the resolution in late January, the Asbury Park Press reports.
A tourism food trail is a collection of related restaurants promoted as a group that tourists may want to visit. Other well-known food trails include New Mexico's Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail and the Mississippi Seafood Trail.
"(Bourdain) became a New Jersey food icon," Moriarty said in his June statement. "It was heartbreaking for his fans and for those who knew him in Leonia to find out of his passing. A designated trail of his favorite dining spots is a fitting way to honor the memory of one of New Jersey's best known chefs."
Moriarty's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment about what happens now that the trail has been approved.
The New Jersey eateries that will be included on the trail are Kubel's in Barnegat Light; Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee; Knife and Fork in Atlantic City; Dock's Oyster House in Atlantic City; Tony's Baltimore Grill in Atlantic City; Tony and Ruth Steaks in Camden; Donkey's Place in Camden; Lucille's Country Cooking in Barnegat; Frank's Deli in Asbury Park; and James' Salt Water Taffy in Atlantic City.
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