It was definitely boys' night out on "The Layover" last night. For the season finale, Anthony Bourdain flew into LAX, had the immediate customary In-N-Out meal, and then proceeded to hit up all of LA's restaurant bad boys: Ludo Lefebvre, Roy Choi, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook.
Ludo Lefebvre did not disappoint. He tackled the usual East-West beef with some awesome advice for New Yorkers in an extra website segment: "I think New York is a little too fou-fou. You know, I just come back from New York and people need a fart, to poof a little, because they're all so stuffy in New York."
Roy Choi served as guide to Koreatown, where Bourdain got some insight into a Korean restaurant courting ritual. A holdover from an earlier era, women can expect to eat and drink for free at certain restaurants, as long as they agree to chat with men who are paying for their meals. Sounds fun, right? It may be, but not the way one woman described it: "it's kind of like speed dating, except, like, the girls have no agency."
The episode ends at Jumbo's Clown Room, which Bourdain visits with Dotolo and Shook after a debaucherous, foied-out dinner at Animal. As the dudes indulge in some burlesque and beer, Bourdain exclaimed that there was "something remarkably wholesome" about the exotic dancing bar. He also said he would even bring a significant other to Jumbo's, which sounds like another dubious date in the making. Since this is the only segment that doesn't get to live a second life on the Travel Channel's episode guide, here it is again for your viewing pleasure Warning: explicit material:
"I used to talk shit about LA because thats kind of what you're expected to do as a New Yorker," said Bourdain at the beginning of the episode. The truth is, though, that he loves our city -- but not enough to live here, which he was happy to keep repeating throughout the episode.