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Welcome to The Classics. America’s stories are told through restaurants. These are the places that, over decades, have come to define our communities, neighborhoods, and cities. These are the restaurants that have stood the test of time, and above all, the restaurants we love. And now is the time to honor and support them.

Philadelphia

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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Seattle

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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Nashville

Now More Than Ever, I’m So Grateful For Legacy Restaurants Like Arnold’s

I am eternally grateful for Arnold’s. It’s the first place I take a guest when they come to town, especially…

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New York

Sylvia’s in Harlem Still Stands For Community

A couple of weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon in August, I strolled up to the pickup window at Sylvia’s…

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Why Classics? Because Legacy Restaurants Tell the Stories of America

Welcome to The Classics. 

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Atlanta

Remembering Atlanta’s Bygone Black-Owned Restaurants

A family photograph — one with me cheesing harder than I ever have, wearing a frilly, powder blue dress and…

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Los 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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San Francisco

Hang Ah Remains Entwined in the Roots of Chinatown

On a morning in September 2020, the streets in San Francisco’s Chinatown are empty of the usual throngs. Anyone outside…

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The food at Ben’s is a vehicle. Food is fuel. Food is connection. When you have that symphony of multi-layered representation, beautiful things can happen. Kwame Onwuachi on Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington, DC

San Francisco

Long Live Zuni Cafe, San Francisco’s Dining Room Table

Zuni Cafe, since its birth in 1979, has grown into the blueprint for a timeless California restaurant. It has outlived…

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Keens Steakhouse

New 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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Washington D.C.

Soul Survivor: The Story of the World’s Oldest Soul Food Restaurant

Native and long-time Washington, D.C. residents link the words “Florida Avenue Grill” and “institution” much like they do with the…

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Chicago

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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Atlanta

For Atlanta, Paschal’s Serves as a Monument to History — and Hope 

Paschal’s restaurant does more than serve soul food. It is an Atlanta institution that serves as a monument to history…

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Courtesy Barbara Leung

New York

The Enduring Value of New York’s Oldest Chinese Restaurant

Nom Wah Tea Parlor, as my family tells it, was the first Chinese restaurant I ate at. I can’t confirm…

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Los Angeles

The Night That Changed L.A. Forever Also Put El Coyote on the Map

On a hot August night in 1969, actress Sharon Tate and friends Jay Sebring, Voytek Frykowski, and Abigail Folger sat…

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At its core, 2nd Avenue Deli is one of those classics that is always there, even if you sometimes overlook or forget about it. It has a deep-rooted story that is classic New York. It is old New York. Tom Colicchio on 2nd Avenue Deli

London

At Hunan, Guests are Family — and Family Has Always Come First

A few miles outside of Fongtian, a small village on Taiwan’s East Rift Valley sheltered between coastal mountain ranges, is…

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New York

The Queens Diner That Has Provided Six Decades of Memories For Its Regulars

There are two things that almost always come up whenever you mention Jahn’s — pronounced like Dan’s, but with a…

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London

95 Years On, There’s Still Nowhere Like Quo Vadis

When people talk about Quo Vadis, they talk about the sandwich. You know the one — dinky fillets of smoked…

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Once upon a time in Los Angeles, people thought the idea of combining fried chicken and a waffle as a meal was absolutely crazy. Herbert Hudson thought otherwise. Adrian Miller tells the story of Los Angeles icon Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles.

New York

On Longevity and Burgers at Union Square Cafe

When I was eight years old, my mom took me for lunch at Union Square Cafe. We were there for…

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San Francisco

What’s Next for House of Prime Rib, the City’s Ultimate Celebratory Restaurant?

House of Prime Rib is a unique restaurant that holds a special place in the hearts of San Franciscans. But…

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New York

Fanelli’s Has Belonged to Downtown Manhattan Since 1874

Everyone who hangs out at Fanelli’s was a downtown kid, or their friends were. I realized this when I started…

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Nashville

Nine Questions for the Matriarch of Prince’s Hot Chicken

For Ms. André Prince Jeffries, the owner of Prince’s Hot Chicken in Nashville, hot chicken is a way of life,…

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Photography by El Tepeyac

Los Angeles

El Tepeyac’s Rich Family Legacy Continues One Burrito at a Time

Back at the end of February, when there was talk of a citywide shut down, I met a friend at…

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New York

Great NY Noodletown is Everything That Makes New York Special

The first time I went to Great NY Noodletown, I didn’t walk there. I ran. I had recently moved to…

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Los 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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New York

The Resy Guide to New York’s Classic Restaurants

You couldn’t tell the story of New York without its restaurants. Tightly woven into the fabric of the city, these…

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