For his follow up to the Los Angeles episode of Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain and the Zero Point Zero crew head to the San Sebastián, Spain to get to know the keepers of the Basque culinary flame. In his field notes, Bourdain writes: “San Sebastián and the surrounding region has more outrageously good restaurants per square mile than just about anywhere in Europe. Even the bad restaurants are good.”
The teaser clips show Bourdain eating fresh barnacles on a boat and crawling through San Sebastián’s pintxos bars with his posse. Tony also hits up Etxebarri, the restaurant that currently holds the number six slot on the World’s 50 Best list, and seafood restaurant Elkano, which serves a legendary grilled turbot.
This time around, Bourdain is joined by a slew of Basque cultural experts, including two very good friends of his, Juan Mari and Elena Arzak, of the three-Michelin-starred Restaurante Arzak. Tony writes about his relationship with the father and daughter chef duo: “Juan Mari and Elena were among the first people in Spain to take me under their wing. They have been steadfast friends and supporters since, opening their hearts and their kitchen to me at every opportunity.” His sidekicks on this trip also include Etxebarri chef Victor Arguinzoniz, gourmet tour guide Gabriella Ranelli, and author Edorta Jimenez.
Head over to the Explore Parts Unknown homepage for dining guides, essays about Basque culinary culture, and field notes from Bourdain. The San Sebastián episode of Parts Unknown premieres on CNN this Sunday, May 7 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. Stay tuned for Eater’s roundup of the best Quotable Bourdain moments from San Sebastián immediately following the show.