Remember back in August when San Francisco followed Anthony Bourdain around town while he filmed "The Layover," documenting his every move? Well, the episode is finally here.
On Monday, the Travel Channel will air "The Layover, San Francisco," and though the local media certainly took the fun out of discovering where Bourdain would go, we're excited to see what he did when he got there.
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It was no secret that Bourdain had a good time at the Tonga Room, especially when Twitter showed pictures of the crew swimming in the decorative pool with Fairmont robes. Fortunately, we've obtained a clip displaying how the night got there. The Lava Bowl, Bora Bora Horror, Zombie and Singapore Sling may have had something to do with it.
Bourdain shared drinks with his old buddy, San Francisco Chef Chris Cosentino (nice t-shirt, Chris), and elevated the beloved Tonga Room to the stuff of epic poetry.
Much like Bourdain, San Franciscans seldom feel lukewarm about the Tonga Room -- it's a love or hate thing. (Just check out the comments section after this article posts to see what we mean.) The restaurant has narrowly escaped extinction more than once and is certainly no representation of where San Francisco is right now.
But, as Cosentino pointed out, the Tonga Room is a representation of where we have been. (Fisherman's Wharf didn't create itself, you know.) And the Tonga Room is the cheesy/fabulous stuff that travel dreams are made of, making us both nostalgic for lore and hungry for truth. (As Bourdain noted about Cosentino's Singapore Sling, "They don't drink those in Singapore, by the way.")
"Every American needs this," said Bourdain about the Tonga Room. "Because if you've got no love in your heart for this place, you are a sick, twisted, lonely f*ck with too many cats."
Check out a clip from "The Layover, San Francisco" below, and then catch the episode on the Travel Channel on Monday at 9 p.m.