HACKENSACK, NJ - Several local, county and state officials were among the many attendees at the official launch of The Anthony Bourdain Food Trail at Hiram’s Roadstand in Fort Lee.
After his death a year ago, the food trail - which highlights 10 New Jersey restaurants that Bourdain featured on his CNN show - was created as a way to pay tribute to the Leonia native.
On June 13, the trail kicked off at Hiram’s, a hot dog joint that Bourdain visited regularly with his family and referred to as his “happy place.” During the event, Hiram’s owners - Pete Demiris and Jeff Escudero - were presented with a plaque marking their joint as one of the stops on the food trail.
Also at the unveiling were Bourdain’s brother, Christopher Bourdain, Bergen County Clerk John Hogan, Secretary of State Tahesha Way, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, NJ Division of Travel & Tourism Executive Director Jeffrey Vasser, Bergen County Freeholder Mary Amoroso, Bergen County Freeholder Germain Ortiz and Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.
Shortly after Bourdain’s 2018 suicide, Moriarty, along with Assemblywoman Carol Murphy and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, proposed the food trail to honor the famous chef, television star and bestselling author.
“Even after international fame, (Bourdain) never forgot his Jersey roots,” Moriarty said in a 2018 statement. “Each episode, Bourdain brought his homegrown wit, charm and sense of humanity to his viewers. He became a New Jersey food icon.”
“It was heartbreaking for his fans and for those who knew him in Leonia to find out of his passing,” Moriarty said in 2018. “A designated trail of his favorite dining spots is a fitting way to honor the memory of one of New Jersey’s best known chefs.”
Other eateries on the trail include:
- Kubel's in Barnegat Light
- Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee
- Knife and Fork Atlantic City
- Dock's Oyster House in Atlantic City
- Tony's Baltimore Grill in Atlantic City
- Tony and Ruth Steaks in Camden
- Donkey's Place in Camden
- Lucille's Country Cooking in Barnegat
- Frank's Deli in Asbury Park
- James Salt Water Taffy in Atlantic City