Short Pump Restaurant Named Among Bon Appétit Magazine's "Top 50 Best New Restaurants of 2012"

A Short Pump restaurant that’s already gotten a lot of local and regional notoriety because of its celebrity-status chef is now being ranked among the best new restaurants in the nation. Bon Appétit Magazine has named Peter Chang’s China Cafe in the Short Pump Commons shopping center among their “Top 50 Best New Restaurants of 2012.”

Acclaimed chef Peter Chang, known for his Szechwan-style Chinese cuisine and a number of restaurants he’s started in the southeast, has quite the following. He opened his Short Pump location this past February.

Chang, 49, currently owns one other restaurant in Charlottesville, which opened in March of last year. Born in the Hubei Province of Central China, he cooked meals for Chinese President Hu Jintao before moving to the United States to work in the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Peter Chang’s was rated number 32 on Bon Appétit’s Top 50 list, who said:

The peripatetic master of Sichuan cuisine has finally (hopefully) settled down, cooking fiery, layered dishes from China’s food-obsessed province in suburban Richmond.


Bamboo fish; mapo tofu; Shan City chicken


Chang was profiled in a famous New Yorker piece by food writer Calvin Trillin.

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