Anthony Bourdain in Philadelphia
Eat and drink your way through the city as seen on the brand new Philadelphia episode of Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover
After nine seasons of No Reservations and one season of The Layover on the Travel Channel, Anthony Bourdain has finally filmed a show in Philadelphia.
Listening to the clamouring of fans from around the region, Bourdain ate his way through Philly with top local chefs, including Chef Marc Vetri (Amis, Vetri), Chef Michael Solomonov (Zahav, Federal Donuts), Chef Peter McAndrews (Paesano’s) and Han Chiang (Han Dynasty).
In honor of his visit, we’ve put together a list of the places Tony himself stopped by so you can have your own Bourdain-inspired adventure in Philadelphia.
Get a sneak peek of Bourdain’s visit to Philadelphia, below.
Sample housemade salumi, incredible pastas and sinful desserts at Chef Marc Vetri’s Roman trattoria-inspired restaurant in Midtown Village.
Details: 412 S. 13th Street | Website
The Barnes Foundation
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts the modern home of Dr. Albert C. Barnes’ priceless collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artworks. Barnes’ original gallery layout is maintained in the 93,000-square-foot eco-friendly building, which is the first major art institution awarded LEED Platinum certification.
Details: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | Website
Discover the satisfying soul food of Chef Ken Roberts at his namesake restaurant in the heart of Germantown. His succulent roasted chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese are not only delicious, but amazingly affordable.
Details: 7135 Germantown Ave. | 218-713-8899
Di Bruno Bros.
Walking through the doors of Di Bruno Bros. is like stepping into a foodie’s dream. With a cheese cave featuring more than 500 varieties of cheeses from around the worlds, fresh made foods and specialty products, its easy to lose yourself in the historic Philadelphia Market.
Details: 930 S. 9th Street | Website
Pass through the mural honoring famous “Franks” and you’ll discover a true Philadelphia dive bar. Your guaranteed three things here: cheap drinks, dim lights and colorful characters.
Details: 347 S. 13th Street | 215-732-5010
One of Philadelphia’s foremost collections of curiosities, the Mütter Museum at the College of Physicians features a vast array of intriguing medical and anatomical specimens. Preserved siamese twins, a wall of skulls and hundreds of items swallowed by patients are just a few of the interesting exhibits on display.
Details: 19 S. 22nd Street | Website
Consistently rated among the top sandwiches in Philadelphia, Chef Peter McAndrews’ Paesano’s is a must-eat for hungry visitors. The namesake Paesano–beef brisket topped with roasted tomatoes, pepperincino, sharp provolone and a fried egg–practically requires a nap after finishing.
Details: 1017 S. 9th Street | Website
Pen & Pencil
Originally the go-to late night hangout for Philadelphia’s journalists and writers, Pen & Pencil is now a favorite post-shift spot for those in the restaurant industry. Take note: this smoky, throwback dive is members only.
Details: 1522 Latimer Street | Website
A giant bowl of hot Vietnamese broth swimming with tender beef brisket, meatballs and more is the perfect way to shake off the cobwebs from the evening before. Don’t miss out on the various beverages like fresh lemon or salty dried plum sodas.
Details: 1122 Washington Ave. | 215-271-5866
Located in East Passyunk, Stateside features locally-sourced meals made for sharing by Chef George Sabatino. If you’re looking for nourishment of a liquid-variety, be sure to sample the robust selection of whiskeys and bourbons behind the bar.
Details: 1536 East Passyunk Ave. | Website
Chef Michael Solomonov’s Israeli-inspired restaurant in Society Hill consistently takes top marks and for good reason. One taste of the fresh hummus, wood-fired breads, and amazing skewers and you’ll understand why people can’t stop talking about Zahav.
Details: 237 Saint James Pl. | Website
A little lighthearted competition between Anthony, Chef Marc Vetri and Chef Michael Solomonov at Pen & Pencil, below.