Today the James Beard Foundation announced its annual list of America's Classics award winners, and our own Guelaguetza is among the recipients for 2015.
The award honors "regional establishments, often family-owned, that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal." Five America's Classics awards are given each year, and will be presented, along with the other chef and restaurant awards, in Chicago on May 4.
Of Guelaguetza the awards committee had this to say:
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Guelaguetza, founded by Fernando Lopez in 1994, is the center of Oaxacan life in Los Angeles, and the setting for countless quinceañeras, weddings, and anniversaries. A sprawling restaurant located in Koreatown, it features live music on a bandstand every night. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant draws both homesick Oaxacans and outlanders in search of honest Oaxacan foods.
You can read the rest of the blurb about the restaurant, as well as get info on the awards and learn about the other four America's Classics award recipients, on the James Beard Foundation awards website. Congrats to Guelaguetza and the Lopez family!