Five Restaurants, Including Frank Fat’s in Sacramento and Kramarczuk’s, Named James Beard Classics

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Keens Steakhouse Photo: Shanna Ravindra/New York Magazine

The James Beard Foundation today announced the 2013 honorees in the category of America's Classics. It's a sort of lifetime achievement prize for long-lived establishments around the country "that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal." The five inductees this year are: Keens Steakhouse in New York City; Frank Fat's, a Chinese-American mainstay open since 1939 in downtown Sacramento; Kramarczuk’s, the Minneapolis restaurant and sausage factory opened in 1954; C.F. Folks, the 30-year-old Dupont Circle lunch spot in D.C.; and Nashville's spicy fried chicken institution Prince's Hot Chicken Shack. One interesting note: Prince's original method of brining chicken and coating it in a layer of hot spices before frying has been widely imitated at places like Peaches HotHouse in Brooklyn, where it's dubbed Nashville Hot Chicken. [JBF]