America's Classic: Kramarczuk’s

 

215 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis 
Owner: Orest Kramarczuk

 

Minneapolis is known for its Scandinavian heritage, but for more than a century the city’s northeast neighborhoods have been a vibrant Eastern European enclave. A great deal of that Catholic, blue-collar culture has dissipated during the past 20 years, but some overt traces remain, most notably a dozen or more elaborate churches and Kramarczuk’s, the landmark sausage-making company and restaurant.

 

The business dates to 1954, when Ukrainian refugees Wasyl and Anna Kramarczuk purchased Central Provisions, one of the city’s oldest butcher shops, and renamed it Kramarczuk Sausage Co. It has been at the same address, just across the Mississippi River from downtown Minneapolis, since 1967. Wasyl and Anna’s son Orest joined the business in 1979. He’s now the primary owner. His father died in 1991, and Anna Kramarczuk died in 2008.

 

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America's Classic: Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

 

123 Ewing Drive, Nashville 
Owner: Andre Prince Jeffries

 

Hot fried chicken, long popular in towns across the South, has become synonymous with Nashville. A visit to town doesn’t count unless you make the pilgrimage to this joint, set in an abbreviated strip mall alongside a nail salon, for crispy yardbird with a cayenne-soaked coat of armor.

 

Thornton Prince was the original owner. He was a handsome fellow. One of his girlfriends grew weary of his late-night carousing. As a revenge tactic, she doused his Sunday morning favorite, fried chicken, with cayenne pepper. But her plan backfired: he liked it. By the mid-1930s Prince and his brothers had perfected the process and opened a café, which they originally called the BBQ Chicken Shack.

 

Current owner Andre Prince Jeffries, great-niece of Thornton Prince, continues the family tradition. She brines her chicken, flours it, fries it to order, and slathers it with a secret layer of hot spices. You can order it... Read more >

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America's Classic: Keens Steakhouse

 

72 W. 36th Street, NYC 
Owner: George Schwarz

 

New York City specializes in new restaurants, not old ones, and local interest in them is generally measured in months instead of years. So it’s nothing short of astonishing that a 120-something-year-old restaurant has managed to stay both relevant and wildly popular in the middle of Manhattan.

 

Albert Keen, a theater producer, opened the restaurant in 1885, when the Herald Square Theatre District thrived. Actors came in for a drink between acts. Today, the walls are decorated with over 50,000 clay pipes, donated by celebrated customers like Teddy Roosevelt and Albert Einstein, souvenirs from an era when smoke clouded many restaurants. George Schwarz, the current owner, took over in the late 1970s, investing much money and sweat equity in reviving the restaurant.

 

What Keens has always done well is to age and grill meat. It was one of the first restaurants to... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Introducing the 2013 America's Classics

The James Beard Foundation's 2013 America's Classics

 

There's a lot to to be excited about during JBF Awards season, but we're always especially pleased to announce our newest batch of America's Classics. This award is given to regional establishments, often family-owned, that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal. Without further ado, meet the 2013 inductees.

 

(Read the full press release here.)

 

 

C.F. Folks, Washington, D.C. (Owner: Art Carlson)

 

Art Carlson's weekday-only lunch haunt on Dupont Circle, open since 1981, is a 600-square-foot temple of honest cooking and good will. (The name combines the initials of Carlson and his business partner, Peggy Fredricksen.) The vibe is is loud and scrappy, and the food is delicious. Art Carlson, the ever-present host, is one of the... Read more >

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America's Classics Update: White House Sub Shop

An update on White House Sub Shop, a James Beard Foundation America's Classic Award winner

 

For more than 15 years, the James Beard Foundation has honored some of the country’s most beloved regional restaurants with its America’s Classics Awards. These establishments, often family-owned, are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal.

 

In anticipation of our announcement of the 2013 inductees, we’re unlocking the America’s Classics vault and checking in on some past winners. Next up is White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City, which was named an America's Classic in 2000. (Read our update on Maine's Waterman's Beach Lobster here.)

 

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How did White House Sub Shop, situated only three blocks north of the Atlantic City boardwalk,... Read more >

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America's Classic Update: Waterman’s Beach Lobster

An update on Waterman’s Beach Lobster, a James Beard Foundation America's Classic Award winner

 

For more than 15 years, the James Beard Foundation has honored some of the country’s most beloved regional restaurants with its America’s Classic Award. These establishments, often family-owned, are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal.

 

In anticipation of our announcement of the 2013 inductees, we’re unlocking the America’s Classics vault and checking in on some past winners. First up: South Thomaston, Maine’s Waterman’s Beach Lobster, which received the award in 2001.

 

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Sisters-in-law Sandy Manahan and Lorri Cousens continue to oversee this temple to Maine’s unofficial state crustacean. In fact, very little about this classic shoreline shack has changed. Out-of-state visitors and locals still make the summertime pilgrimage to Mussel Ridge Channel... Read more >

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Robert Tréboux, 1924–2012

 

The James Beard Foundation is saddened by the loss of Robert Tréboux, owner of Le Veau d'Or and an influential New York restaurateur. With a hospitality career that began in the 1940s and continued to the present, Tréboux opened, operated, and worked in several Manhattan institutions, including La Pavillon, Le Manoir, and La Rotisserie Française. His venerable Upper East Side bistro, Le Veau d'Or, won a James Beard America's Classic Award in 2011. In honor of his life and his legendary role in New York City dining, we're sharing James Oseland's profile of Le Veau d'Or from last year's James Beard Awards program, as well as a video about the restaurant that was produced for and shown at the ceremony.

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The diminutive French bistro Le Veau d’Or in Midtown Manhattan is a time capsule. There’s the classic French fare, straight out of Escoffier; the formal but clubby decor, all beveled glass and polished mahogany; and the amiable owner, Monsieur... Read more >

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America's Classics: The Fry Bread House, Phoenix

We've arrived at the last 2012 America's Classic award-winning restaurant: The Fry Bread House in Phoenix! Learn what they're all about in the video below:

 

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America's Classics: Shady Glen, Manchester, CT

Here's another 2012 America's Classic inductee: Shady Glen of Manchester, Connecticut:

 

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America's Classics: Jones Bar-B-Q Diner, Marianna, AR

Tonight's third America's Classic award recipient is Jones Bar-B-Q Diner of Marianna, Arkansas:

 

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