Arizona Restaurant Honored by James Beard Foundation

El Guero Canelo, Tucson | Via Facebook

A Tucson fast food joint has joined an upscale Paradise Valley restaurant and a Phoenix eatery in receiving an honor from a prestigious dining organization.

El Guero Canelo, which started as a hot dog stand and serves Sonoran-style Mexican fare, is 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."

The restaurant joins Pardise Valley's El Chorro Lodge, which specializes in upscale American fare, and Phoenix's Fry Bread House, which serves fry bread and other Native American dishes, in receiving the honor.

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

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that all three restaurants received America's Classics Awards this year. El Guero Canelo is the only Arizona restaurant added to the list this year; the other two restaurants were added in previous years. We regret the error.

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