Each year since 1998 the James Beard Foundation Awards Committee has recognized our nation’s beloved regional restaurants. Distinguished by their timeless appeal, they serve quality food that reflects the character of their communities. We acknowledge these locally-owned restaurants with a James Beard Foundation Award and designate them as America’s Classics.

In the spirit of James Beard, who enjoyed a paper cone of fried belly clams as much as a white tablecloth dinner, we encourage you to visit these classics. You are sure to find a warm welcome and deeply satisfying food. Tell them the James Beard Foundation sent you.

Enjoy a copy of our cookbook, James Beard’s All-American Eats: Recipes and Stories from Our Best-Loved Local Restaurants.