Earlier today (Jan. 18), the James Beard Foundation announced Yakima's Los Hernandez as part of the 2018 class of America's Classics. When the 'Oscars of the Food and Restaurant World' recognizes eateries and restaurants, it reverberates far and wide and if that place is in our backyard, even better.
We've extolled our appreciation of the tamales by Felipe Hernandez and family before and it's celebratory and exciting that an organization like the James Beard Foundation discovers and rewards that too. America's Classics recognize food establishments that have been around at least 10 years with local ownership and selected by a committee of peers, critics, writers, and more.
The story of Los Hernandez has been shared often and widely and with good reason; their tamales are delicious. All of my visits to the Yakima Valley area includes a stop at Los Hernandez' Union Gap restaurant to chow down on tamales for lunch and to grab a few dozen of their frozen tamales to stock up in the icebox at home. And now with this award nomination by the Beards, more and more people will discover these tamales. You should plan a trip now. And call ahead to reserve some tamales to take home.
The nomination of Los Hernandez as a America's Classics Award winner is another for Washington. Other local America's Classics Award winners include:
- Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar
- Ray's Boathouse and Café
Congratulations to Los Hernandez for being named as a America's Classics and joining this illustrious crew.