Anthony Bourdain continued his tour of Las Vegas for the third season of his CNN show Parts Unknown with a stop at Raku and former mayor Oscar Goodman's steakhouse Oscar's Beef, Booze & Broads at the Plaza on Monday night.
First up, Bourdain dined at Raku, the Japanese izakaya in Chinatown. Among the food writers there: John Curtas, Jim Begley, Grace Bascos and Erik Chudy.
Then Bourdain headed to Downtown Vegas for an interview with former mayor Goodman. The Las Vegas Review-Journal says Bourdain was 40 minutes late. "A fuming Goodman had no reservations about letting the media know he was beyond a slow boil. 'Where IS this guy?' he grumbled, fidgeting in front of a martini on a lounge table."
Although Goodman was heard on the phone saying that he was going to leave when Bourdain showed up. Apparently the 30-minute interview included questions about $1,500 bottles of champagne at nightclubs and Goodman's days as a mob attorney.
You can see the terrible Twitter photos here.
Author Michael Ruhlman also met up with Bourdain in the middle of the desert in a 1970 Olds Cutlass. "He and the intrepid Zero Point Zero production team have brought me here to help Tony explore different sides of this morass of humanity — more precisely, those who serve that morass."
Vegas Seven talked to Bourdain about some of his favorite Vegas restaurants, including the new Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak at the Mirage and Carnevino at the Palazzo. "I just discovered Lotus of Siam way too late, but that's delicious."
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