Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge : 2024 James Beard Award America’s Classics Winner

2024 James Beard Award America’s Classics WinnerBROOKINGS, SD - The James Beard Foundation, known for recognizing culinary excellence, recently unveiled the 2024 America's Classics Award winners, proudly presented by HEINZ. This prestigious accolade pays tribute to locally owned restaurants that exude enduring charm and exemplify the spirit of their communities.

Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge
Photo Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge - Michael Trevor and Staff

2024 James Beard Award America’s Classics Winner

Among the esteemed recipients is the beloved Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge in the heart of Brookings, South Dakota. Renowned for its quintessential Midwestern fare and a storied history spanning over three generations, the Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike.

Initially established in 1949 as a humble gas station café, this cherished establishment has stood the test of time by offering classic delights such as hot roast beef sandwiches and delectable Nordic waffles, all sourced from nearby farmers. Today, under the stewardship of owners Georgiana Olson and Michael Johnson, the Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge seamlessly blends traditional mid-century recipes with contemporary updates to cater to a diverse clientele while remaining true to its roots. Embracing a philosophy of using locally sourced ingredients and showcasing regional talents, the restaurant embodies the essence of South Dakota's rich culinary legacy.

The forthcoming James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony, set to take place in Chicago on June 10, will serve as a platform to celebrate the Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge's exceptional contributions to the culinary landscape. This recognition reinforces the restaurant's commitment to excellence and underscores its unwavering dedication to honoring and preserving the region's culinary traditions.