Chad Koeplinger humbly identifies as a “tattoo maker.” His trade takes him all over the world, and his hunger brings him to the some of the best restaurants around. Tattooing has taken Chad—a Grand Rapids, MI native—to 70 countries. He’s tattooed on every continent. And, by our estimations, he’s also eaten at a good percentage of the globe’s Michelin-starred establishments.
Consider Chad the ink-slinging Anthony Bourdain. Fellow tattooer BJ Betts calls him “the king of $500 solo meals.” His quest for the best dining experiences is matched by only a few, and worthy of envy by all.
Crushing all pedestrian foodie dreams, here are the best meals Koeplinger’s consumed thus far in 2013, from Nepal to his new home of Napa. Be sure to follow him on Instagram (@chadkoeplinger) to fuel your food envy and inspire your next tattoo.