2015 James Beard America’s Classics Picks

Sally Bells
Photo by Sally Bell's Kitchen

The James Beard Foundation just awarded five recipients with the 2015 America’s Classics Award. The Classics award is presented to restaurants that are timeless and serve dishes that reflect their communities.

"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.

The winners include:

Archie’s Waeside

Le Mars, Iowa

Archie’s specializes in beef dishes that can be aged up to 60 days. This restaurant serves home-town with a twist, including Manhattans and home-made onion rings.

Beaumont Inn

Harrodsburg, Kentucky

This restaurant was founded in 1927 by the Goddard family and is still run by the family’s descendants. The restaurant has a formal feel and serves Kentucky favorites like Meacham hams and local bourbons.


Los Angeles, California

Guelaguetza is the setting for quinceañeras, weddings and anniversaries. This large space in Koreatown has live music every night and serves Oaxacan food, including tamales, enfrijolados and goat stew.

Sally Bell’s Kitchen

Richmond, Virginia

Opened in 1924, Sally Bell’s is a take-away restaurant, serving chicken and egg salad sandwiches with potato or macaroni salad. Each meal is topped off with a glazed cupcake (yum).

Sevilla Restaurant

New York City

Sevilla was founded in 1941, and serves Spanish favorites. A popular dish is the shrimp with green sauce and the veal chops. Feeling adventurous? Try the mariscada with hot garlic sauce with some sangria. 

The five awarded eateries will be honored on May 4, during the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception.