Bourdain season is officially upon us. New episodes of CNN’s Parts Unknown are now airing every Sunday at 9 p.m., and already we’ve seen Tony rub elbows with Barack Obama in Hanoi, Vietnam, and gotten a sneak peek at the chef’s upcoming Sichuan cooking lessons with Le Bernardin’s Eric Ripert. On Wednesday, CNN teased yet another clip of Bourdain’s upcoming trip to Nashville, Tennessee.
Though Bourdain is no stranger to the South—eating a “Pig Ear Sandwich” in the Mississippi Delta, and hitting up a Waffle House with Sean Brock in Charleston, South Carolina—the episode marks the chef’s first trip to Music City with Parts Unknown. After all, it’s difficult to talk about Southern cuisine without mentioning Nashville hot chicken and meat-and-threes.
In the clip, Bourdain eats lunch at a meat-and-three called Dandgure’s Cafeteria with Grammy-nominated musician Jesse Boyce. The downtown institution is only open four hours a day, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. As one might imagine, the restaurant offers diners one protein (usually fried chicken or pork chops) and a choice of three sides (classics like mac and cheese, okra, black-eyed peas, and collard greens) as well as some cornbread sweet tea.
“You see a little bit of everybody in here, from truck drivers, to mothers, to lawyers, whomever,” Boyce explains. “You can see it’s multi-cultural. Everybody is just really comfortable with each other. It’s like a microcosm of what Nashville is really like.”
According to Eater, Bourdain also stops by Nashville institutions like Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish, Dino's, Edgefield Sports Bar & Grill, and Duke's.