Here Are the James Beard Foundation’s 2016 ‘America’s Classics’ Honorees

Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante is one of this year's winners.
Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante is one of this year’s winners. Photo: Nik Wheeler/Corbis

Each year, the James Beard Foundation spotlights beloved establishments with its “America’s Classics” award, given to local, family-run businesses that have been open for at least a decade. Recent honorees have included New York’s Sevilla and Totonno’s, Los Angeles’s Guelaguetza, and New Orleans’s Hansen’s Sno-Bliz.

This year the honorees are Lebanese favorite Al Ameer Restaurant, in Dearborn, Michigan; 104-year-old barbecue chicken specialty Brooks’ House of BBQ of Oneonta, New York; Matt’s Place Drive-In in Butte, Montana, a home of the nut burger and one of the state’s first drive-thru restaurants; soul-food favorite Bully’s Restaurant of Jackson, Mississippi; and Chimayo, New Mexico’s Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante, operated by a family that settled the Chimayó Valley more than three centuries ago. They’ll all be celebrated at the ceremony on May 2, hosted once again at Chicago’s Lyric Opera.

JBFA Names 2016 ‘America’s Classics’ Honorees