Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Las Vegas

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 10/17/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Given a deadline to write about Vegas food by a food magazine, Tony spends four days exploring Las Vegas and learns how it's transforming into a mecca for chefs.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Anthony Bourdain

    Himself

  • Michael Ruhlman

    Himself

  • Nari Kye

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Vegas..hmmm One memory of this ep: Bad Sammy Davis Jr. impersonator.

    By Jedi_Luc, Jan 10, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Tony: Where I come from we have a saying, 'all work and no play makes Tony a dull boy.' I've come up with a complimentary saying, 'no work and all play makes Tony a stressed out, delusional, paranoid obsessive.'

    • Tony: (about New York, New York Hotel and Casino) I don't like it here. I want to go home. I'm homesick.

    • Tony: I'm in a lonely, angry, bitter place right now.

    Notes (1)

    • The article that Tony is working on in this episode is titled, "Two Views on the Las Vegas Restaurant Boom." It originally appeared in the September 2005 issue of Gourmet magazine and was co-written by Caroline Bates. A reprint (with additional material) of the article appears in Tony's book, The Nasty Bits.

    Allusions (3)

    • The poker scene is an allusion to the Steve McQueen film, "The Cincinnati Kid." Anthony pretends to be very cocky but is wiped out by the "old vegas" crowd. It is especially obvious when he loses by going all in on the sam hand from the movie, and his opponent beats him with the same hand from the movie as well...

    • Tony: I'm a loser baby so why don't you kill me. While Tony doesn't sing this line, he is quoting the 1993 Beck song "Loser."

    • The opening of this episode (and various times throughout) are direct allusions to one of Anthony's favorite authors, Hunter S. Thompson and his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The novel follows the drug crazed protagonist as he chases the American dream through Las Vegas.

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