The James Beard Foundation has reaffirmed what Twin Citians have known for years. Namely, that Kramarczuk's is worthy of joining the fraternity of "America's Classics."

The culinary foundation announced today that the northeast Minneapolis landmark is the recipient of one of five annual "America's Classics" honors, which are given to restaurants "that have timeless appeal and are beloved for quality food that reflects the character of their community."



What a fitting tribute to the source for cabbage rolls, dumplings, sauerkraut-smothered house-made sausages, savory crepes topped with horseradish-fortified sour cream, kielbasa, bratwurst (an iconic Target Field favorite) kolaches and other trademark menu items, all of which have been luring hungry Minnesotans to northeast Minneapolis for nearly 60 years.

The foundation has bestowed the "America's Classics" name on 84 restaurants since it launched the award in 1998. Previous Minnesota recipients are Al's Breakfast in Minneapolis (2004) and the Pickwick (2007) in Duluth.

The award will be presented to second-generation owner Orest Kramarczuk on May 6th in New York City, as a part of the foundation's annual gala at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.

“The America’s Classics Awards are always a highlight of the ceremony,” said foundation president Susan Ungaro in a statement. “Our honorees come from all walks of life. We have the privilege of hearing their unique stories, which celebrate the great variety and authentic flavors of America’s culinary scene. These local hangouts, neighborhood diners, and family restaurants truly bring communities together, a concept James Beard would have loved.”

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