Recipes from the 2011 James Beard America’s Classics Winners
Chef Vola’s is one of the most mysterious restaurants in Atlantic City — complete with a secret reservation line and unassuming front of the house — but their expertly prepared Italian-American cuisine has nevertheless kept customers lined up at their doors. A beloved staple at the restaurant, Vola’s twist on a classic veal scaloppini is made heartier than the original by the addition of thin slices of eggplant and prosciutto.
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After it was founded in 1893, the Noriega Hotel quickly became the center of Bakersfield, California’s lively Basque community. One of the regulars’ favorite dishes is a zingy cod salad, served on family-style along with other Basque delicacies like pickled tongue and rabbit stew.
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Watts’ Tea Shop
Watts’ Tea Shop, a Milwaukee staple with deep historical roots, has served this bright, fluffy layer cake for their afternoon tea service since the early 1900s.
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Le Veau d’Or
Even though the heydey of Le Veau d’Or, a French culinary fixture on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, is more than 50 years past, it’s still a go-to for precisely executed, classic bistro fare. In the restaurant’s pitch-perfect version of a rustic French dish called Poussins en Cocotte, spring chickens are braised in wine and stock until tender.
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Coarse stone-ground grits lend texture and robust flavor to a classic, cheesy dish with sweet shrimp and smoky bacon.
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