Vietnam Restaurant: 2024 James Beard Award America’s Classics Winner

 2024 James Beard Award America’s Classics Winner

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Vietnam RestaurantPhiladelphia, PA - The James Beard Foundation has recently announced the six distinguished recipients of the highly coveted 2024 America’s Classics Award, sponsored by HEINZ. This prestigious accolade recognizes locally owned restaurants that excel in serving top-quality cuisine exude timeless charm and authentically represent the essence of their respective communities.

The upcoming James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony, set to take place on June 10 in Chicago, promises to be a spectacular event where these deserving winners will be celebrated and honored for their remarkable achievements.

America’s Classics: Mid-Atlantic Winer

Vietnam Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

The Lai family's journey from Vietnamese refugees to successful restaurateurs in Philadelphia is an inspiring tale of resilience and hard work. Nhu Lai and Thuyen Luu's pursuit of a better life led them to establish a beloved culinary gem in the city's heart. Their son, Benny Lai, has since taken the reins and continued to grow the family business, ensuring that Vietnam Restaurant remains a cherished dining destination for locals and visitors alike. The menu, featuring traditional Vietnamese dishes like barbecue platters, vermicelli bowls, noodle soups, stir-fries, and clay pot specialties, has garnered a loyal following.

With their expansion to a second location, Vietnam Café, and the success of their neighboring market, Fu Wah, the Lai family has truly made their mark on the Philadelphia food scene. Their commitment to providing authentic and delicious Vietnamese cuisine has solidified their place as a culinary institution in the city. Benny Lai's dedication to upholding his family's legacy while continuing to innovate and grow the business is a testament to their enduring success.

The James Beard Foundation extends its heartfelt congratulations to all the winners for their exceptional contributions to the culinary world and their communities, highlighting the vital role of independent restaurants in shaping America's diverse and vibrant food culture.

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