Atlantic City will be great again—Asbury Park, Camden, all of my home state. I’m convinced when the tide has come and washed all the greed heads away, we’ll once again be magic.

By the Numbers

  • 2012
    Atlantic City’s Revel casino hotel opened
  • $2.4B
    Cost to realize Revel
  • 2014
    Revel closed
  • 2
    Number of bankruptcies the project suffered in less than two years


Bourdain with his brother, Christopher, at Kubel's.
Bourdain with his brother, Christopher, at Kubel’s.


28 W 7th St.
Barnegat Light, NJ 08006
What Bourdain ate: Mountains of clams and beer

Hiram’s Roadstand

1345 Palisade Ave
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
What Bourdain ate: A cheeseburger and a ripper hotdog

Knife and Fork Inn

3600 Atlantic Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
What Bourdain ate: Pretzel-crusted swordfish over lump crab meat

Dock’s Oyster House

2405 Atlantic Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
What Bourdain ate: Oysters and stuffed lobster

Tony’s Baltimore Grill

2800 Atlantic Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Tony & Ruth Steaks

837 N 8th St.
Camden, NJ 08102
What Bourdain ate: Eggs, meat, rice and soup for breakfast

I’m a sucker for nostalgia. You can’t go back. I can’t go back. I wouldn’t, even if I could. I sure don’t want to ever have to be a teenager again. But those tastes and smells of childhood, they work still.

Donkey’s Place

1223 Haddon Ave.
Camden, NJ 08103
What Bourdain ate: A Jersey—not to be confused with a Philly—cheesesteak

Lucille’s Country Cooking

1496 Route 539
Barnegat, NJ 08005
What Bourdain ate: An unidentified stew, eggs and meat

Frank’s Deli

1406 Main St.
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
What Bourdain ate: A classic Jersey sandwich, with layers of sliced ham, provolone, tomato, onions, shredded lettuce, roasted peppers, oil, and vinegar

James’ Salt Water Taffy

1519 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
(609) 344-1519
What Bourdain ate: Atlantic City’s signature treat: salt water taffy


Paul Pederson.
Paul Pederson.

Christopher Bourdain: Anthony Bourdain’s brother.

Vicki Gold Levi: Atlantic City royalty and local historian.

Brian Donohue: New Jersey journalist.

Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane: Comedian couple.

Tawanda Jones: Founding president of Camden Sophisticated Sister, a youth empowerment advocacy group.

Robert Lucas: Donkey’s Place bar owner.

Paul Pederson: Pine Barren musician and storyteller.

Southside Johnny: Front man for Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes.

New Jersey, in case you didn’t know it, has got beaches, beautiful beaches, and they’re not all crawling with raging trolls with reality shows.

Tawanda Jones with Camden youth.
Tawanda Jones with Camden youth.