Sinbad’s Pier 2 Restaurant [CLOSED]

141 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 781-2555

Bourdain had: drinks.

Drinks date: John Birdsall, author of the forthcoming book James Beard: The Man Who Ate Too Much.

Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-1101

Bourdain had: beer, crab back, oysters.

Date: just himself and the oysters.

(Photo by Tamara Groves)
(Photo by Tamara Groves)

Juhu Beach Club

5179 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 652-7350

Bourdain had: Manchurian cauliflower (“vegetable candy”), bhel puri (puffed-rice dish served in a Ball jar), chili paneer, yogurt-marinated chicken curry served on rice, Indian Scotch egg (the Scotch egg originates in India, despite the name), drinks.

Dinner dates: John Birdsall and Preeti Mistry, Juhu Beach Club chef and author of The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook.

(Photo by Helen Cho)
(Photo by Helen Cho)

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Minato Japanese Restaurant

617 N. 6th St.
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 998-9711

Bourdain had: beer, tempura, Japanese curry tonkatsu.

Lunch date: Curt Fukuda, author of San Jose Japantown: A Journey

(Photo by Tamara Groves)
(Photo by Tamara Groves)

Miss Ollie’s

901 Washington St.
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 285-6188

Bourdain had: skillet-fried chicken, rice and peas, greens.

Lunch date: Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party.

(Photo by Tamara Groves)
(Photo by Tamara Groves)

Trader Vic’s Emeryville

9 Anchor Dr.
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 653-3400

Bourdain had: mai tais, ribs.

Dinner date: Sean Wilsey, author of More Curious.

4505 Burgers & BBQ

705 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 231-6993

Bourdain had: beer and the Presidential Platter (sampler of brisket, hog, jalapeño and cheddar sausage, frankaroni (macaroni around a hot dog), ribs, chicken, beans, potato salad, coleslaw, bread, fries.

Lunch date: Richie Nakano, restaurateur whose Hapa Ramen brand was taken over by tech investors.


373 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 393-9000

Bourdain had: veggie burger, beet rose with yogurt and rose petal ice (signature dish), California sturgeon caviar, egg yolk poached in smoked oil, wild king salmon wrapped in yuba with charred cabbage in wild ginger sauce, beef tenderloin, black sesame mocha bun with strawberry kumquat.

Dinner date: Brazilian jiujitsu pro Kurt Osiander.

(Photo by Helen Cho)
(Photo by Helen Cho)