3 Arizona Restaurants Honored by James Beard Foundation

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An upscale Paradise Valley restaurant, a Tucson fast food joint and a Phoenix eatery named for a Native American staple have all received an honor from a prestigious dining organization.

El Chorro Lodge, El Guero Canelo and the Fry Bread House are among the new America's Classics Awards winners from the James Beard Foundation. The awards, created in 1998, recognize locally owned restaurants that serve "quality food that reflects the character of their communities."

It's actually the second such honor for the Fry Bread House, which received the same award in 2012. The Phoenix restaurant, which opened in 1992 and moved to a new location on Seventh Avenue in 2013, serves fry bread and other Native American dishes.

El Chorro Lodge in Paradise Valley specializes in upscale American fare, while Tucson's El Guero Canelo, which started as a hot dog stand, serves Sonoran-style Mexican fare.

For the complete list of America's Classics Award winners nationwide, click here.

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