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June 15, 2017

Anthony Bourdain dines on pierogies, Yuengling while filming Pa. episode of 'Parts Unknown'

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain went full Pennsylvania during a recent trip to the Keystone State.

Bourdain, host of CNN's travel cooking show "Parts Unknown," took a trip to Squirrel Hill Cafe in Pittsburgh last week with his film crew, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“He was trying to get into iconic Pittsburgh,” owner Patty Oliverio told the publication.

Oliverio said Bourdain ordered a "cage burger" – Squirrel Hill Cafe is a smoky dive bar that's often nicknamed "The Squirrel Cage" – along with a "couple of beers." An Instagram post captioned "WESTERN PA" showed Bourdain dining on some authentic Pennsylvania cuisine: pierogies and Yuengling.

Photo commenters were quick to give their take on his choice of food and drink. 

"Yes! Except those pierogies should be made with butter & onions. It's summertime here now...find a church festival & have some made by the old grandmas," said a commenter. "They are heaven."

"Yuengling is exactly what this country is all about! American Treasure!" said another, while one wrote, "FYI Yuengling is a major TRUMP supporter so many of us Pittsburghers are no longer drinking it!"

Bourdain visited South Jersey back in June 2015 for the show. In 2012, he made a stop in the City of Brotherly Love with the Travel Channel's "The Layover."

Oliverio said Bourdain was there from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. last Thursday and was mostly talking to Stewart O'Nan, a Pittsburgh novelist.

She told the publication that she's unaware of when the episode will air.