In the restaurant world, “new” and “hot” always grabs attention, but it’s the older places that create the character of an area, and that provide the foundation on which more recent dining establishments can thrive.

Here, we celebrate restaurants that have stood the test of time, independent spots that have become beloved in their neighborhoods and beyond. Many of these are operated by the founding family, or by someone handpicked by the founders to carry on their legacy. In all cases they are still family-owned and operated.

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