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Anthony Bourdain Visits Sugar Land's Udipi Cafe, Films At Himalaya [Updated]

Where will he go next?

Bourdain and Udipi Cafe owner Sathish Rao
Bourdain and Udipi Cafe owner Sathish Rao
Rakesh Agrawal

Anthony Bourdain arrived in Houston earlier this week, and his travels throughout the city have taken him to the suburbs. Thanks to a hawk-eyed tipster, Eater can report that Bourdain spent the afternoon enjoying killer dosas (and more) on his trip to the city.

Yesterday, Bourdain headed to what looks to be an outpost of Udipi Cafe. One tweet shows Bourdain interviewing a man over what looks to be a delicious spread of vegetarian fare, and our tipster passed along a photo of him (above) posed with Sathish Rao, the owner of Udipi Cafe. Scope out the evidence for yourself:

Bourdain could have also been visiting London Sizzler, which is located just steps from Rao's restaurant.

Considering Bourdain’s choices thusfar – a Montrose farm staffed by Congolese refugees and a killer Indian cafe – he’s already doing a great job of showing off Houston’s wildly diverse culinary scene.

Update: June 8, 7:40 p.m. Eater spoke with Sathish Rao (pictured above) who said that he knew Bourdain was coming to town after a producer to scope out locations to film. "He did come for filming today, just not at my restaurant," said Rao. "They needed more people and I have a small restaurant that doesn't seat too many.

Instead, they headed to Himalaya, where Bourdain could chow down on some meat. Still, Rao and Bourdain were able to reconnect after realizing that they'd worked together in New York City in the 1980s.

"I used to work with him in the early 80s in New York, and he still remembered me. He worked at a French restaurant and i worked at a Korean grocery store," he says. "He remembered me! He's so down to earth. I’ve known him for a long time but I didn’t know how down to earth he would be now that he’s so famous."

Update: June 8, 9 p.m. Bourdain stopped by Keemat Grocers and happened to catch a show:

Lost In the Supermarket #Houston

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