8 Ways to Travel Anthony Bourdain’s California
If an escape to California is on your travel books, why not sit back, relax, and let Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations guide you to where you need to go for food and drink? On at least four shows, Bourdain visited the state, leaving a trail that traveling foodies will certainly want to cover. To help plan your journey, here is a recap of a few of the places he visited, where they are located, along with price information and what they are known for.
Indio, California: Shields Date Farm
Located 130 miles East of Los Angeles in the Coachella Valley (yes, that Coachella) is Indio, California and Shields Date Garden. In operation since 1924, a walk around the property will take you through the 17-acre date farm, and a trip to the café will have you sampling American and Mexican inspired dishes — and obviously plenty of dates. Shields notes that its pancakes are a particular specialty, as well as the milkshake, which Bourdain tried as well. For anyone curious about a milkshake made with dates, there is even a recipe online, but it does require the brands date crystals. It was featured on the “US Southwest” show.
Rancho Mirage, California: Lord Fletcher’s
If you fancy a bit of jolly old England in the California desert, your cravings can be satiated at Lord Fletcher’s. Dinners at the restaurant run between $26 and $44, while pub fare checks in between $4 and $12. Cocktails in the pub start at 5 p.m., and the restaurant serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. — the restaurant recommends booking a reservation. Open for more than forty years, Fletcher’s features traditional English decor to match its British-themed menu, which includes roasts and Scottish Salmon. Bourdain visited during the “US Desert” episode.