The James Beard Foundation has chosen five recipients of its 2019 America’s Classics Award, which have lasting appeal and are cherished for quality food reflecting the character of their community. The 2019 honorees join the ranks of over 100 restaurants that have received the award since the category was introduced in 1998.
The winners include: Vietnamese restaurant, Pho 79, in Orange County, California, which was founded by Thọ Trần and Liễu Trần in 1982. Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti House in Huntington, West Virginia, which opened in 1945 and was founded by Jim Tweel. Then there’s Trinidadian specialty, A&A Bake & Double and Roti Shop, in Brooklyn, New York. The final two are Sehnert’s Bakery & Bieroc Café in McCook, Nebraska, which opened in 1957, and Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse in Washington, DC, which opened in 1948.
“In an industry where longevity is quite an achievement, it is important to honor and celebrate the establishments that have stood the test of time, like the restaurants being recognized as America’s Classics this year,” says Clare Reichenbach, James Beard Foundation CEO. “These restaurants provide not only wonderful culinary experiences, but are important and enduring pillars in their communities.”
The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture and honour chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. This year’s awards have many categories, and winners will be celebrated at the annual James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago on 6 May.
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