The James Beard Foundation has announced the five restaurants selected for the 2015 America’s Classic Award, chosen for their “timeless appeal” and “quality food that reflects the character of their community.” Earlier this month, the foundation also announced the semifinalists for the 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award categories.
This year’s five winners are: Archie’s Waeside in Le Mars, Iowa, chosen by the foundation as “ a citadel of American beef cookery,” opened in 1949 by Archie Jackson, a Russian émigré who left his native country during the Bolshevik Revolution; Beaumont Inn of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, a restaurant built in what was a women’s college and once named “the best eating place in Kentucky” by Duncan Hines; Guelaguetza in Los Angeles, California, chosen for its soulful Oaxacan food and role as “the center of Oaxacan life in Los Angeles”; Sally Bell’s Kitchen in Richmond, Virginia, a take-out business that has spent nearly a century making food that evokes a beloved grandmother; and, finally, Sevilla Restaurant in New York City, a Spanish time capsule of a restaurant where the waiters dress in burgundy vests and bow ties.
"In an ever-changing culinary landscape, our foundation is proud to honor those whose restaurants have stood the test of time," said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “Our honorees, hailing from different cities around the country, have the unique ability to bring neighborhoods together as they celebrate the authentic and unique flavors of America’s food scene.”
This year’s winners will appear in a cookbook about the James Beard Foundation’s America’s Classics restaurants around the country, along with more than 80 other restaurants who have won this award since its inception in 1998.
The five honorees will be celebrated at the upcoming James Beard Foundation Awards in Chicago on Monday, May 4.