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The James Beard Foundation announced the five recipients of its 2016 America’s Classics Award.

The America’s Classics Award is given to restaurants that have timeless appeal and are
cherished for quality food that reflects the character of their community. The 2016 honorees join the ranks of nearly100 restaurants that have received the award since the category was introduced in 1998.

This year’s winners will be celebrated at the 26th annual James Beard Foundation Awards, taking place on Monday, May 2, 2016, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

“James Beard would have loved these restaurants; they represent how America eats,” says Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “Each has played a role in bringing their communities together, representing the heart and soul of our national culinary landscape—we’re proud to honor them as classics!”

The 2016 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Award winners are:

Al Ameer Restaurant
12710 W. Warren Ave
Dearborn, MI

Owners: Khalil Ammar and Zaki Hashem

This restaurant, with its rows of floral print booths, is a bedrock institution in Dearborn, Michigan, and one of the nation’s most welcoming introductions to the pleasures of Lebanese cuisine.

Khalil Ammar, Zaki Hashem, and their families started this community-minded spot in 1989.

Unfailingly warm servers explain the fine points of maza (a spread of dishes that might include falafel and hummus) and define the differences between fattoush and Lebanese salad. The owners also run a halal butcher nearby. Accordingly, Al Ameer is the place to savor sujuk sausage, vivid with paprikaand cumin, or a feast of tender shredded lamb rich with almonds, yogurt, and rice.

Click HERE For The Full List Of Winners! 


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