Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Detroit? Anthony Bourdain

By Christy Strawser
@cstrawser1

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) He likes his music mean and his meat tender — Guess who’s coming to dinner, Detroit? Turns out, it’s Anthony Bourdain, chef, author and provocateur.

The New York-based TV personality Tweeted that he visited three locations in southwest Detroit this week, including Duly’s Place, Full Belly Cafe and Vicki’s Barbecue and Shrimp.

“He was good, he didn’t speak to me so I’m not sure what he said, but a lot of people recognized him,” said Joe Gojcaj, a manager at Duly’s, adding staff knew Bourdain was coming.

All are your basic hole-in-the wall locations, with Duly’s known for its chili dogs and Vicki’s for its succulent ribs. Why did he choose Duly’s instead of better-known coney havens like American and Lafayette?

“We’ve been here for 92 years so I guess people think we’re pretty good, but people don’t know about us, we’re the little guys here in town,” Gojcan said. “We’re always ready for more attention, more attention pays the bills.”

Bourdain also offered a few Twitter shout-outs to chefs at more upscale establishments, including Michael Symon of Detroit’s Roast and Brian Polcyn of Birmingham. Someone asked Symon on Twitter what Bourdain had eaten at Roast.

“Gonna have to ask him,” Symon Tweeted. “I’m guessing lots of meat!”

Bourdain has a new weekend getaways series airing on CNN starting this fall; He said in February Detroit would be one of his stops.

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