San Francisco Food Scene Hits National Airwaves

Travel Channel's "No Reservations" comes to the Bay Area

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009  |  Updated 12:45 PM PDT
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San Francisco Food Scene Hits National Airwaves

Anthony Bourdain sits at a restaurant while filming his show "No Reservations."

The long-overdue San Francisco episode of the Travel Channel's "No Reservations" finally descended upon national airwaves Monday night.

As it stands, just about all of Anthony Bourdain's destinations were plotted out on the Eater Map of his San Francisco whereabouts from the week of March filming.

The Mission was revealed to be a terrible slum, a city cop vented about the Broadway Strip shitshow, and Giada giant head jokes were made, all while Oscar Villalon, August Kleinzahler, Chris Cosentino ("respected caporegime in the hoot and snout mafia") and the Sebo guys got some time in the limelight to share local delights and make man-jokes.

The conceit of the episode—the over-seriousness of the Alice Waters locavore movement—definitely wore thin at points (how many times did TB follow the pattern of "I thought this would be annoying, but it's actually good"?), but overall, from the filming to Monday night, a really enjoyable hullabaloo that won't happen again for a while.

And one that is sure to blow up some spots (looking at you, That's It Market) and inspire plenty of martini-drinking this week.

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