Anthony Bourdain has made a careeer out of his say-anything, try-everything attitude. On his shows, from No Reservations to Parts Unknown, he's taken us everywhere from Myanmar to Libya to Lebanon and the Congo. And he's explored everything from lamb tartare in Beirut to coca-leaf fields once run by drug cartels in Colombia. But it turns out Bourdain isn't fearless after all. Certain things scare him, and he just compiled a sizable bunch of them on the Li.st app, as First We Feast found.
There's one item on his list that really stands out, for us anyway: "Nashville Hot Chicken (the extra-hot version)," says Bourdain.
True, Nashville's special fried chicken is known for its take-no-prisoners fieriness, and local spots like Prince's Hot Chicken Shack have won national fame for their scorching versions. Food adventurers even travel to Nashville specifically to eat this chicken. Bourdain? He'll pass. Too spicy.
To find out what else scares Bourdain, see his full list here (spoiler alert: mimes, rats and polka music make his list too).
Meanwhile, let's look back on a memorable episode of Bourdain's show Parts Unknown, in which he sits down to a fabulous-looking meal of modern Southern cuisine at renowned chef Sean Brock's Charleston restaurant Husk, with recent South Carolina transplant Bill Murray:
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