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Anthony Bourdain No Reservations Season 7 in Boston, Part Two

Just because the other one was getting so unwieldly. :-)

Any sightings?

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  1. Live video stream on the No Reservations facebook page at 12:30 from wherever they are.
    It's actually streaming now...just production people walking around and some lady talking to someone on a cellphone.

    Edit: Looks like they were just testing the feed...now just a logo graphic on repeat until it starts at 12:30.

    1. Spotted at Clink (presumably staying at the Liberty) and at Brasserie Jo, plus another unspecified South End sighting (I'm hopeful it was Wally's).

      Here's the Facebook link for today's live-stream webcast: http://www.facebook.com/AnthonyBourda...


      Brasserie Jo
      120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        He'll be at l st tavern at 3:30 and then the Quecher on I st in Southie today at 5:30

        1. re: janzy

          L Street was sort of despoiled by "Good Will Hunting". I wonder if Bourdain will do the same for Quencher Tavern. That is one funny little hideaway, a true hole in the wall.


          1. re: janzy

            Huh, in my hood! Well, he picked the right place-Southie isn't totally gentrified yet. As evidenced by the Quencher. L St. Tavern is another story. He should hit the Blackthorn!

            1. re: mtm7654

              I would send him to Touchie's Shamrock Pub, which is even more obscure a hole-in-the-wall than the Quencher, then Whitey's, which has the benefit of not even having a sign, and maybe Aces High.


              Touchie's Shamrock Pub
              501 E 8th St, Boston, MA 02127

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Let's face it-lots of that ilk in Southie! And even though I'm not a Southie native, I'm happy to see those places surviving in the face of places like Stats and whatever is going in at the Farragut House. At least they have character. And characters no doubt.................

                Farragut House Restaurant
                149 P St, Boston, MA 02127

                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  How 'bout the Williams (aka Dirty Bill's) on A street? That's a true hole in the wall.

                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    Is that the joint across the street from KO Catering & Pies, back to back with My Diner? I was eyeballing that the other day, thought better of going in.


                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Yes. Kitty-corner fromit. It shares a wall with My Diner.

                      I've only been in htere once (with regulars, thank God) it's brightly lit and has picnic style tables that are bolted to the floor.

                      I believe that it was the bar where there was the shoot out in Gone Baby Gone.

                      My Diner
                      98 A St, Boston, MA 02127

                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        That wasn't Murphy's Law in the shootout scene?


                        Murphy's Law
                        837 Summer St, Boston, MA 02127

                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          I havent seen the movie. Just read the book. In the book, the shootout scene is at a bar on A street which described Dirty Bills to a T. In the book, the other bar (where bad mom hangs out) is in Fields Corner and sounds somewhat like the Emerald isle

          2. I'm watching the feed right now. Is he at the Liberty Bell right now?


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            1. re: hiddenboston

              I believe that could be the Liberty Bell in Southie, which is surprisingly not bad for a roast beef and fried seafood place; even the pizza is decent. Maybe the ugliest restaurant from the outside in Greater Boston: it looks like a concrete fallout shelter humped a shabby Tedeschi's.


              1. re: MC Slim JB


                But they DID put picnic tables out front in the summer!

              2. re: hiddenboston

                Im disapointed he is focused on Southie as out of towners often due. They see that neighborhood, which is literally 99% white, has little good food or culture, and is quite unattractive other than the parts near the water, and they think all of Boston is like that.

                Im still excited for the episode, but c'mon.

                1. re: Kinopio

                  The good news is he won't ruin your favorite neighborhood place with a horde of No Reservations-watching tourists.

                  Every episode has to have a theme: he's chosen the gritty, working-class Boston of recent Hollywood and an old crime novel he loves, "The Friends of Eddie Coyle". I think he could get outside of Southie to shoot in some other cool blue-collar neighborhoods (North Allston, parts of Dot, Eastie, etc.), hope he does.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    I don't believe Tony is at Liberty Bell. Was just there and there was no sign of him.

                    1. re: chiQ

                      So where did he have lunch. It looked a little like the sub shop on the corner of B street and West Broadway, just down the street from Liberty Bell.

                      Liberty Bell Restaurant
                      466 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801

                      1. re: Fort Point

                        He was at Rondo's, right down the street from Liberty Bell!

                      2. re: MC Slim JB

                        Hopefully he will get outside Southie, wouldnt mind him showing a different side of Boston everyone else doesnt see on every other show.

                    2. re: hiddenboston

                      That experience was kind of painful. Such inane audience questions.


                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        I lasted about 10 minutes before I had to turn it off.

                    3. So, during this break presumedly they're on their way to the next location? I did hear one of them say they were doing a pub crawl this afternoon...

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                      1. re: Gio

                        Filming at Murphys Law now.

                        1. re: JR79

                          Well, that one was already despoiled by Gone Baby Gone. Sounds like he's running through "Boston bars in recent Hollywood crime dramas."


                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            Slim, I think you hit the nail on the head with the whole Hollywood meets "gritty" Boston theme. A shame really because most chowhounds I know have learned to find really good grub outside of the Southie made for TV spots. But as others have said, it doesn't seem he's really focused on the food so much as the vibe, artificial as it may be.

                            1. re: yumyum

                              or rather his producers are focused on the vibe.

                              1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                                Hopefully for their sake they aren't going to look for the bar that was shown toward the end of "Mystic River" (they won't find it).

                              2. re: yumyum

                                Well, Neptune was in "The Town", so maybe he'll go there...

                        2. First that horrid picture of some genteel old fart on his book cover and now this? Talk about high school girl crushes gone bad baby gone. Whether he's phoning it in, or cashing it in, I don't know but he certainly has been struck by the Mick Jagger fame bug to the dregs of hell. Time to send back my fanclub secret decoder ring, unless he pulls something hip out of his bag of tricks. As a Bostonian so far it all appears rather insulting so far.

                          1. He looks tired!

                            And possibly drunk.

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                            1. re: C. Hamster

                              He looked kinda worn out, didn't he? But hey, it's a hard way to make a living. Like that little girl once said to him in the Hudson River episode, sitting on a plane in first class going to interesting places and eating prime rib has to be a really tough job.

                            2. I'm not sure I'm getting this tracking AB through Boston. He's a cool guy, a NY guy and the show now has been on forever- and its not "The Wire". I mean- come on...

                              1. Oh you guys, hilarious story about a server at Foundry who was let go because her iPhone didn't go off for her shift. The clincher is that she's the GF of Tony's driver. The comments on this thread are pretty awesome, including "Adults who need to be somewhere on time set multiple alarms. Adults get fired for being late. Wake up, real life is waiting." Oh how I do love the Ville. We traffic in snark.


                                1. His mention of Grey's Papaya made me very hungry all of a sudden

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                                  1. re: C. Hamster

                                    Mmmmmmmmmm Gray's Papaya, MMMMMMMMMM.

                                  2. My wife just saw on one of her friend's facebook pages that Bourdain had lunch at Michael's Deli in Coolidge Corner.

                                    1. Seen on Twitter today - Bourdain will be @ The Q in Chinatown at 5:30. That's a nice surprise!

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                                      1. re: Eatin in Woostah

                                        He had dinner last night at Scampo: Spaghetti with cracklings and hot peppers. I was in the restaurant tonight and the chef and co-owner was going from table to table telling customers, "He loved it!"


                                        1. re: Eatin in Woostah

                                          Pretty sure you mean the Quencher Tavern in South Boston.

                                          1. re: mats77

                                            He had the corner round table at Scampo on Tuesday night. He's staying at the hotel. Sio maybe he had several meals that night. The one at Scampo wasn't for the show. The waiter and GM confirmed this.


                                            1. re: scotty27

                                              Thanks, I read your post. I was responding to Woostah's comment about the Q in Chinatown.

                                            2. re: mats77

                                              Could be. I quoted the Twitter poster exactly, but can't vouch for accuracy.

                                          2. Looks like Bourdain took some advice from Boston Chowhounds after all! Per The Feast Boston, he hit O Senhor Ramos and Belle Isle Seafood: http://bit.ly/eO8VSg

                                            Nothing like an Azorean man o' war sub to combat a titanic Southie pub-crawl hangover! And if you're going to do the de rigueur lobster roll, how much better to have one at dumpy, homey, family-run Belle Isle than just about any more highly-touted place in town? That's a great lobster roll, and that segment ought to be very picturesque.

                                            Praise Jeebus. There was way too much Hollywood Southie in his prior stops.


                                            1. If he misses Allston it would be a tragedy. You can eat in a dozen countries in two square blocks.

                                              1. Episode Airs Monday April 18th. Will be interesting to see where made the final cut.