In a new interview with People, the 61-year-old bon vivant said he thinks quite highly of the chain.
“To me, Popeyes is exotica,” he said. “I was eating noodles and roast goose and Chinese food for the past 10 days. So to be back and eat some Americana food, well, I will weep with gratitude at macaroni and cheese.”
When the magazine caught up with him, Bourdain had been eating every meal at a Popeyes in Lafayette, Louisiana -- the only outpost left in the country that still offers a buffet. His preferred meal for three days running? "Mac and cheese, spicy fried chicken, and biscuits and gravy with a fountain Dr. Pepper," per the magazine.
For Bourdain adherents, this isn't exactly new information. The host has lauded Popeyes before, but was less than enthusiastic about publicizing his allegiance to the chain. Last year, though, he noted the fare was one of his shameless, guilty pleasures.