Sunday, January 21, 2007

No Cleveland Reservations

Anthony Bourdain is in Cleveland! Anthony Bourdain is in town!
He’s filming an episode of his saucy show here through Thursday. Bourdain’s tour guide and foe is Michael Ruhlman of Cleveland Heights, who has written several books about chefs and food. It’s all in fun, and good publicity for Cleveland. The two are friends and sparring partners, who often go point-counterpoint on gastronomical issues on television and in print.

... Under Ruhlman’s guidance, Bourdain will see winter surfing on Lake Erie, taste pierogi at Sokolowski’s University Inn in Tremont and other ethnic eats at the West Side Market, cook with Lola chef and owner Michael Symon and visit Lake View Cemetery, burial place of John D. Rockefeller.

The Ramones fan will walk through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum with drummer Marky Ramone. He’ll sample kielbasa at the Sausage Shoppe on the city’s southwest side, meet Gary Dumm, who illustrates Harvey Pekar comic books, and stop at Zubal Books, the landmark bookstore on West 25th Street.
Anthony Bourdain's irreverent and fun "No Reservations" recently received the distinguished honor of being the one and only food show to make the cut on my Tivo Season Pass list, so I'll be staking out the locations mentioned in order to get my celebrity sighting of the season. I don't see Stevenson's burgers on the list above, but I'm sure that it was an oversight on the reporter's part, while my invitation to Michael Ruhlman's pig roast at his house was probably lost in the mail.


  1. Anonymous12:47 PM

    I heard someone on Coventry last night saying that he was going to be in town and was so happy to find your blog this morning!!!!! Have you run into him yet? We live right by Lake View and I would absolutely love to meet him. I've been a fan of Bourdain's for years. I don't even know how many times I've read Kitchen Confidential; it's my backup book in case I can't find anything that looks good to me.

  2. Anonymous4:25 PM

    I was at the Shake Square Farmer's Market on Saturday and sure enough he was there! He stopped by over there and at Dewey's coffee shop. It was pretty funny actually, the night before I had just read that he was in town when I was reading Sokolowski's University Inn website (he was there Saturday night). I knew who he was right away, my girlfriend needed some convincing. I mentioned that he was a judge on Top Chef and then she knew who he was right away.

  3. Anthony Bourdain is THE man! Did like his style when he did that earlier food/travel show for Food Network. No Reservation, though, is another level of fun.

    And if roasted pig is your thing, you should track down the episode of Tony's pork-tastic adventure in Puerto Rico.

    BTW - I started a team food blog recently so I'm in search of other food blog to see what people are doing. I ran into Forbe's best food blog list and then landed here. Funny how we picked the same template for the food blog. So, anyway. Hello! :)

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