James Beard Foundation Anoints Keens Steakhouse an ‘American Classic’

Keens is in fact the eye of the tiger.
Keens is in fact the eye of the tiger. Photo: Shanna Ravindra/New York Magazine

“What Keens has always done well is to age and grill meat,” the Beard Foundation says, and that’s something of an understatement. The nonprofit is honoring the 128-year-old steakhouse this year, along with Kramarczuk’s in Minneapolis, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, Sacramento’s Frank Fat’s, and C.F. Folks in D.C. Keens joins the Foundation’s Hall-of-Fame-ish roster of “America’s Classics,” an honor “given to regional establishments, often family-owned, that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal.” Congratulations, Keens, and keep the mutton chops coming. [James Beard Foundation]