1. The time he had to flee Beirut for fear of his life
No Reservations S02E14
What began as a typical Bourdain tour through a city's burgeoning food scene -- devouring minced meats and visiting the Middle East equivalent of a South Beach nightclub -- ended in what made for the most dramatic moment of his career. There were a lot of firsts in this episode: Bourdain's first missile strike, the first time they've had to use an emergency number, the first time he ate aboard a military vessel. It showed Tony's dramatic side, and that he was capable of much more than just gluttony. Despite the horrific circumstances and glaring lack of food porn, it's Bourdain at his best.
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Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's national food and drink team. At this point he knows Bourdain as well as he knows himself. Follow him to giving bone marrow another shot at @Dannosphere.