The latest D.C. restaurant to claim a James Beard Foundation America's Classics award is Dupont Circle establishment Annie's Paramount Steakhouse.
The eatery, which has long been a haven for LGBTQ diners since it opened in 1948, joins four other "beloved regional restaurants" whose "food reflects the character of their communities."
“In an industry where longevity is quite an achievement, it is important to honor and celebrate the establishments that have stood the test of time, like the restaurants being recognized as America’s Classics this year,” says Clare Reichenbach, James Beard Foundation CEO. “These restaurants provide not only wonderful culinary experiences, but are important and enduring pillars in their communities.”
The news comes just a year after the restaurant celebrated its 70th anniversary.
Only two other D.C. restaurants have garnered the James Beard Foundation's America's Classics award: Ben's Chili Bowl and CF Folks.