Philadelphia Airport Hotels, View of Philadelphia Skyline, Photo Adam Jones under CC BY 2.0
Philadelphia Airport Hotels, View of Philadelphia Skyline, Photo Adam Jones under CC BY 2.0

PHILADELPHIA: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN ON THE LAYOVER

When Anthony Bourdain visited Philadelphia on his show The Layover Season 2 Episode 3, he and his crew picked many restaurants. Here are all the addresses and the dishes showcased on The Layover – Anthony Bourdain Philadelphia, all in a convenient list:

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DISH – Stichelton

WHAT IS IT?

English blue cheese similar to Blue Stilton, but does not contain pasteurized milk, nor does it have factory-produced rennet.

WHERE IS IT?

Di Bruno Bros.
930 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

The Bruno Brothers cheese shop on 9th Street is a family-owned store front that has been around since 1939.

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DISH – Kielbasa

WHAT IS IT?

Polish meat sausage.

WHERE IS IT?

Czerw’s Kielbasy
3370 Tilton St
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

Bourdain did not stop by Czerw’s Kielbasy (Czerw’s Polish Kielbasa) on this trip but suggested it for Polish Kielbasa.

DISH – Golabki

WHAT IS IT?

Boiled cabbage leaves stuffed with minced meat.

WHERE IS IT?

Syrenka Luncheonette
3173 Richmond St
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

Bourdain did not visit Syrenka Luncheonette on this episode but suggested it for Golabki – Polish stuffed cabbage. Syrenka Luncheonette has already closed as of this writing.

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DISH – Beef Rendang, Oseng Tempeh, Gudeg, Ikan Pesmol, and Sirap Bandung

WHAT IS IT?

Beef Rendang – slow-cooked beef braised in spices and coconut milk; Oseng Tempeh – sautéed tempeh; Gudeg – jackfruit curry; Ikan Pesmol – fish curry; Sirap Bandung – Indonesian pink drink made of milk and flavored with rose syrup.

WHERE IS IT?

Hardena
1754 S Hicks St #2217
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

While Bourdain did not stop by Hardena on this trip, he suggested it if you want to try Indonesian food.

DISH – Gustaio and Liveracce

WHAT IS IT?

Gustaio – signature sandwich of roasted lamb sausage, sun-dried cherry mustard, gorgonzola cheese, roasted tomatoes, fennel and arugula; Liveracce – signature sandwich of crispy, fried chicken liver, salami, gorgonzola, orange marmalade, and lettuce.

WHERE IS IT?

Paesano’s
148 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

When Bourdain visited, Paesano’s was on 9th Street. It has moved to its current location since then.

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Roast pork sandwich. John's Roast Pork.

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DISH – Roast Pork Sandwich

WHAT IS IT?

A sandwich of roast pork, sharp provolone and garlicky spinach.

WHERE IS IT?

John’s Roast Pork
14 Snyder Ave
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

While Bourdain did not stop by John’s Roast Pork on this Philadelphia trip, he suggested it for its roast pork sandwich.

DISH – Sardine Sandwich

WHAT IS IT?

Sandwich of chopped marinated sardine, a slice of egg and red onions.

WHERE IS IT?

American Sardine Bar
1800 Federal St
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

Bourdain did not visit American Sardine Bar on this episode but suggested it for its Sardine Sandwich.

DRINK – Bourbon

WHAT IS IT?

A type of whiskey made of corn, bottled at 80 proof at the minimum.

WHERE IS IT?

Stateside
1536 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

Stateside offers only spirits and craft beers from the USA, with emphasis on great whiskies and bourbons. While enjoying his 20-year Bourbon with one rock at Stateside, Bourdain also suggested City Tavern for ales of the revolution by Yards Brewing – recreated colonial era beers and ales based on original recipes.

DISH – Homemade Mortadella, Grilled Veal Tongue, Tripe Stew, and Cacio e Pepe

WHAT IS IT?     

Homemade Mortadella – homemade Italian sausage of finely ground cured pork with hazelnut honey; Grilled Veal Tongue – with pepper mostarda; Tripe Stew – classic tripe and white bean stew; Cacio e Pepe – fresh pasta tossed with pecorino and cracked black pepper, and a little of the starchy water the pasta has been cooked in.

WHERE IS IT?

Amis
412 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

This location of Amis Trattoria closed in 2019.

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DISH – Dandan Noodles

WHAT IS IT?

Szechuan noodle dish with spicy sauce, minced pork and scallions.

WHERE IS IT?

Han Dynasty
123 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

Although Bourdain did not stop by Han Dynasty in the Old City on this trip, he suggested its Dandan Noodles hand-mixed on the table and other Szechuan food.

DRINK – Citywide Special

WHAT IS IT?

A beer and shot combo.

WHERE IS IT?                

Dirty Frank’s
347 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

Bourdain described Dirty Frank’s Bar as a “favorite establishment of the culinary elite”. He also suggested Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown for late-night drinks and live music, as well as Southwark Restaurant, an upscale neighborhood joint with solid, straight-ahead cocktails.

DISH – Pho 75

WHAT IS IT?

Noodles in broth with various meats, like brisket and tripe, garnished with bean sprouts, fresh mint, Thai basil, cilantro, and lime.

WHERE IS IT?

Pho 75
1122 Washington Ave F
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES  

According to Bourdain, “when hung over in Philadelphia, Pho 75 would be your preferred option”, where he also had Vietnamese-style coffee with condensed milk. If you’re not yet familiar with pho, he suggested Bui’s Lunch Truck, where you can get sandwiches for breakfast.

DISH – Wing Ding, Mac and Cheese, and Mixed Greens

WHAT IS IT?

Wing Ding – pre-cooked, breaded and seasoned frozen chicken wings; Mac and Cheese – cooked macaroni pasta with cheese sauce; Mixed Greens – mixed vegetables, like collard greens and cabbage.

WHERE IS IT?

Chef Ken’s Cafe
7135 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

Chef Ken’s Café in Mt. Airy is where, according to Bourdain, you can get “good, Southern-style soul food”.

DISH – Dakgangjeong

WHAT IS IT?

Korean-style fried chicken, usually seasoned with garlic-soy or Korean-style hot sauce and other seasonings.

WHERE IS IT?

Cafe Soho
468 W Cheltenham Ave
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

Bourdain described Café Soho as “the granddaddy of Korean fried chicken”.

DISH – Hummus and Laffa Bread, Meze, Grilled Duck Hearts, Kebab of Foie Gras, and Half Lamb Shoulder

WHAT IS IT?

Hummus and Laffa Bread – Iraqi-style flatbread with hummus; Meze – small plates or appetizers, like roasted zucchini with Kashkaval cheese, Kibbeh Nayyeh, grilled lamb kebab, and watermelon salad with black olive puree and feta cheese; Grilled Duck Hearts – with Cipollini onion rings; Kebab of Foie Gras – with spiced pistachios; Half Lamb Shoulder – brined, smoked and slow-roasted for hours with chickpeas and pomegranate juice.

WHERE IS IT?

Zahav
237 St James Pl
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

Zahav, according to Bourdain: “On its surface, it’s Middle Eastern food” but “takes you on a journey through the Jewish diaspora with food.” If you prefer Greek-Cypriot fare, he suggested Kanella.

DRINK – Yuengling and Irish Bus Bomb

WHAT IS IT?

Yuengling – traditional lager; Irish Bus Bomb – a glass of Bailey’s Irish Cream, topped off with a shot of Jameson, and dropped in tact into a pitcher of Guinness Stout.

WHERE IS IT?

Pen & Pencil
1522 Latimer St
Philadelphia, PA, United States

ANTHONY BOURDAIN PHILADELPHIA NOTES

The Pen & Pencil Club, also called P & P, is a private social club, open to an association of journalists, though welcoming as well to service industry workers. If you don’t qualify for an entry to P & P, Bourdain suggested Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar.