Anthony Bourdain has reached an apex of worldwide recognition, revolving around his status as a master chef, pervasive television personality, and personification of pretty much everyone's dream life. But with all that culinary and cultural cache, the dude still has a voracious appetite for modestly priced, regional-chain, southern cuisine. Case in point: the kitchen icon's newfound love for Waffle House.
While discussing the upcoming season of his award-winning CNN docu-series Parts Unknown during a stint on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the eponymous host specifically called out Charleston, South Carolina (that's where Colbert grew up) -- resulting in Bourdain waxing poetic on the down-home charms of Waffle House -- a sentiment I whole-heartedly agree with. Apparently among Bourdain's numerous (and well documented) years of intoxicated revelry, he somehow never stumbled into the Mecca of post-drinking grub. Better late than never, I guess.
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As Bourdain expounds, "...it's a place you can go no matter how wrecked or obnoxious you are, or how late at night -- they are nice to you...I had the best time there." Colbert, who is clearly familiar with the WH experience, then notes how pleasant it is that the menu basically relies on pictures alone, for ease of ordering in times of less-than-perfect equilibrium.
From my own personal experience, I can tell you: they're not wrong.
Wil Fulton is a Staff Writer for Thrillist. He thinks fortune favors the bold. And also the rich. Follow him @wilfulton
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