Anthony Bourdain, the television personality, the professional foodie, the acclaimed food writer, the world-renowned chef, the drinking enthusiast. He’s sampled food from around the globe and dined at some of the finest Michelin star restaurants in the world. But he’s never had Waffle House, until now, and he loves it!
Waffle House is the haven for drunks to eat greasy food in the wee hours of the morning in a last-ditch effort to prevent a hangover before sleepy time. While filming for an episode of his show Parts Unknown, Bourdain discovered all the glory that is the Waffle House.
Bourdain visited a Waffle House in Charleston, South Carolina with chef Sean Brock. Bourdain starts with the famous pecan waffles, slathered in butter and maple syrup, which was recommended by Brock.
The esteemed foodie called the restaurant “marvelous” and noted that it offers serious drunk food. He went so far as to even declare that the 24-hour breakfast chain was better than a highly lauded Napa restaurant by chef Thomas Keller.
Brock referenced a famous French restaurant in California, “You don’t come here expecting The French Laundry, you expect something amazing,” Brock said. Bourdain corrects his fellow chef, “This is better than The French Laundry.”
Bourdain praises the roadside eatery as a place that customers of all “degrees of inebriation” are welcome. “It never closes” and “is always there for you.”