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The ClassicsLos Angeles

Cielito Lindo Defines the Flavors of East L.A.

Mexican American food conquered America with its popular flavors of fresh and dried chiles stewed into hearty dishes thickened by…

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The ClassicsPhiladelphia

Pat’s King of Steaks is the Heart of Philadelphia

From its location in the heart of South Philly, the just off-center ordering process, and of course the whole “Whiz…

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The Classics

Why Classics? Because Legacy Restaurants Tell the Stories of America

Welcome to The Classics. 

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The Classics

The Classics Remix, Presented by American Express Gold Card

Introducing: The Classics Remix. An exclusive takeout takeover. Chefs we love and our cities’ most iconic restaurants. As a continuation…

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Keens Steakhouse

The ClassicsNew York

Even 135 Years After Opening, There’s No Dining Room Quite Like Keens

The Martini was perfect — cold, strong, and large. The shrimp cocktail was textbook, the shrimp big and firm, the cocktail…

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formosa cafe

The ClassicsLos Angeles

The Formosa Cafe is a Masterclass in Restoration

Like an aging Hollywood star, the Formosa Cafe’s light may have dimmed a bit over the years, but it never…

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The ClassicsWashington D.C.

For Decades, Ben’s Chili Bowl Has Been an Integral Part of DC

When I moved to DC, one of my first stops was Ben’s Chili Bowl. Since then, it’s still the first…

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The ClassicsLos Angeles

The Layered Legacy of Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles

Once upon a time in Los Angeles, people thought the idea of combining fried chicken and a waffle as a…

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The ClassicsChicago

An Ode to Chicken Vesuvio, the Ultimate Expression of Chicago

If ever there was one perfect expression of Chicago on a dinner plate, it’d be Chicken Vesuvio: a meat-and-potatoes dish…

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The ClassicsSeattle

An Appreciation of Dick’s Drive-In, Seattle’s Timeless Burger Stop

The Deluxe: Two thin burger patties, served with the works and the special sauce. Fries. Preferably fresh fries. A strawberry…

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