Today, the James Beard Foundation announced the five 2017 recipients of the America’s Classics awards. The Foundation gives this title every year to restaurants that are “regional establishments, often family-owned, that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal.” Generally, these restaurants have been open for more than 10 years, and tap establishments, chefs, and restaurateurs generally overlooked by the other Beard award categories. It’s considered an honor and also recognition of both quality and longevity; past winners have included beloved restaurants like New York City’s Keens Steakhouse; Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Crook’s Corner; Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q in Oneonta, NY; and many others.
Introducing this year’s recipients:
La Taqueria, San Francisco
This bustling Middle Eastern market offers everything from spices, dried fruit, and nuts to hummus, labneh, and baklava in Brooklyn.
Schultz’s Crab House, Maryland
Gioia’s Deli, St. Louis
This St. Louis lunch icon is known for its hot salami, which the Foundation describes as “a fresh, boiled sausage, with a texture like coarse pâté and a flavor that is porky, earthy, a little funky” and topped with Provel cheese.
Bertha’s Kitchen, North Charleston
Note: Eater’s Restaurant Editor Bill Addison is on the Beard restaurant committee but had nothing to do with the creation of this story.