Bourdain ate: biscuits with gravy and fried eggs.
20 Route 80,
Bourdain had: beer.
Drink date: “Constitutional conservative” and candidate for District 24 of the West Virginia House of Delegates, Allen Lardieri.
104 Sunrise Road,
Bourdain ate: vinegar pie (known as “desperation pie”), pawpaw ice cream with candied wildflowers, buttermilk-poached trout with fresh-picked rhubarb, sweet-corn chowder, buttermilk-fried rabbit with fresh maple syrup, venison with a chicory-root rub and chanterelle mushrooms.
A welcoming Italian (?) meal
Bourdain ate: “a typical expression of hard-scrabble Appalachian practicality,” combined with “Neapolitan roots”: spaghetti pizza, chicken stew with peas and onions, pumpkin pie cake.
Dinner dates: the McKinney family.
950 Mount View Road,
Bourdain ate: a hearty lunch of ribs, baked potato, and roast chicken.
A sitdown with the men behind coal
Bourdain ate: bear meat, chicken, potato chips.
Lunch dates: coal miners of Pay Car Mine No. 58 in Kimball.
A potluck at King Knob Motorsports Park
Bourdain ate: frog legs, snapping-turtle patties, catfish (barbecued and fried), smoked bass.
Lunch dates: Adam Ringer, Eric Williams, Mike Benedum, Amber Williams.
A backyard barbecue and shooting range shenanigans
Bourdain ate: cheeseburgers, hot dogs.
A fresh squirrel and some real talk
Bourdain ate: squirrel gravy, fried potatoes, biscuits and gravy, poached egg.
Lunch dates: Lola Klein and her family.