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Apr 14, 2011 12:24 PM

"No Reservations - Boston" premiere on Monday 4/18

Damn, he was a block from my house and I missed him!

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  1. good thing you couldn't see my face while i read this. painful.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      You have to give him some props for hitting up the Snack Bar and Belle Isle.

      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        agreed, someone did their homework to get him there. L Street. Eire, Murphy's Law have been in movies and had Pres vist no bonus points..:) I doubt the Quencher will be over run by the mention and Michael's does have some of the best CBin town.

        Overall, I like the lineup..he could have done a lot worse...and only hit the places in town with big ad budgets or big positive press...Took more effort to assemble these places than #9 Park, Craigie, Clio, Oya for ex.

        As to the Liberty Hotel, guys got to sleep someplace.

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

        #9 Park
        Boston, Boston, MA

        1. re: 9lives

          I thought the Michael's Deli pick was absurd. It was prompted by Bourdain's appearance on the loathsome Howie Carr's radio show, where Carr was clueless enough to recommend a Boston deli to a New Yorker. Sure, it's good by Boston standards, but hardly remarkable enough to merit a mention given all the other local things we actually do extraordinarily well.

          Michael's Deli
          256 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            That was my first thought, too. Plus the Howie Carr angle was pretty inexplicable.

            1. re: C. Hamster

              I suspect Bourdain thought it would be impish to hobnob with a conservative pundit while visiting liberal Boston.


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Well, isn't Howie the only Boston media personality around who was actually alive and working when the Friends of Eddie Coyle came out?

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  Carr was still in short pants at Deerfield, man of the people that he is. Gerry Callahan only sounds old enough, i.e., born before the Civil War and thinking things were better then. Eddie Andelman is the actual right age; he's retired, but still does guest appearances with his shameful progeny.


                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        Shameful, or shameless...

                        Actually, both shameful, AND shameless!

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      >I suspect Bourdain thought it would be impish to hobnob with a conservative pundit while visiting liberal Boston.

                      And considering the raised hackles in this thread (and others) at mere mention of someone with a different political view other than their own, seems he achieved that objective. :-))

                      See also: Tony consorting with Ted Nugent on the US Southwest episode

                      1. re: LStaff

                        Carr's politics are not primarily why I find him loathsome: it's the schtick, the sneering phony populism. Nugent is a cartoon, too, but he's at least got interesting food ideas, seems to take cooking seriously. Carr had a chance to push Bourdain toward something interesting in Boston, and instead he: a) picked a cuisine that is among our most glaring weaknesses, esp. vis-a-vis Bourdain's native NYC, and b) hyped one of his sponsors. It was exactly the kind of crass, food-ignorant move I expected of him.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Michael's Deli "sticks out" from the list because it's the only place not in a working class area. As to Howie Carr recommending it, SOMEBODY recod all the places. Michael's is 1 of Howie faves, they cater his shows, so it's not so farfetched that he'd put in a plug for his friend and Tony went along.I've only seen the show a few times and don't really know who it's tagetted for but my suspicion is that it's part entertainment for local/part travel guide for visitors.

                    Carr's politics are irrelevant to the reco but he has been on the Boston scene for years. Love him or hate him, he is a factor in the city.

                    I tend to take this type of show as entertainment and not get too worked up over the lists. If 1 rec out of 8 or so rankles some, that's a pretty good batting avg. Still beats PG (not a high bar) with their endless loop of burgers or whoever pays for ads.

                    Michael's Deli
                    256 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

            2. [shaking head back and forth with mouth agape]

              I've had the opportunity of going to many of these places while working at gillette - proximity would be the only excuse I could offer. Yep, they are a REAL experience and fun in ways unintended.

              Unsure how michael's or the liberty fits with the rest.

                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  Eh, I don't know.
                  I think Guy Fieri's crowd is more apt to ruin places, than Bourdain's.


                2. Did anyone see Bourdain at Symphony Hall last month? I think he mentioned that he was going to check out Clio's after the show, so it wasn't a big surprise to see Clio make it to No Reservations.

                  1. It seems like the shows are bouncing back and forth between "food porn"(his words), like his recent tweets chronicling his end of an era meal at El Buli with Jose Andreas, and then he's eating curare based stew and fresh water sashimi(yikes) in the Amazon.

                    It's still good TV, but some episodes are feeling a little elitist. For the most part the Boston episode seems like they went for the non-elitist angle.