He hit up all the basics—the legendary Ben's Chili Bowl, Jose Andres' much-lauded eateries, and the perfect burger at Chadwick's in Georgetown. All great places, but nothing we would describe as non-touristy.
To be fair, Bourdain did get off the beaten path a little bit, discovering lesser-known Ethiopian, Vietnamese and Peruvian spots but he cheated, by going out to Virginia! Nothing against NoVa, but one of our pet peeves about DC media coverage is people claiming to discover the best of DC, but only by leaving DC.
Could Bourdain really not find under-the-radar eats in the District proper? What about the no-name pupeserias in Columbia Heights? The shady dive bars in Northeast? Or even something we don't know about already?!? Sorry Tony, but this one didn't do it for us. We demand a return trip.
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