Here's some more fantastic national press for Richmond's dining scene: Southbound restaurant in the Stony Point shopping center was named one of America’s best new restaurant by Bon Appétit.
It's part of the magazine's annual "Hot 10" list in which it starts with 50 staff-selected nominees.
"Over the last several months, Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer criss-crossed the country seeking out the truly original, innovative, and unexpected cooking taking place right now. These are the spots that killed it this year."
Acclaimed Richmond chefs Lee Gregory and Joe Sparatta, along with partner Matt Gottwald, opened the restaurant at 3036 Stony Point Dr. in November 2014.
"(This nomination) is all about our staff," Gregory said. "These guys have gotten crushed since day one. They are the ones that need the recognition. I'm so happy for the neighborhood; it's something to hang our hats on."
The final 10 for Bon Appétit's Hot 10 will be announced on Aug. 18, but check out what the magazine had to say about Southbound, the only Virginia restaurant on the list:
"Don’t let the shopping center location fool you; this isn’t a take-out joint. Southbound strikes the right note between ambitious farm-to-table restaurant and neighborhood gem. No surprise, given that chefs Lee Gregory and Joe Sparatta—the force behind some of the most popular restaurants in Richmond—are running the show."
Lee Gregory and Joe Sparatta sit side by side, hunched over a table in Southbound, the resta…
PHOTOS: Coaches’ Cook-Off
It was an upset Thursday night at the third annual Coaches’ Cook-Off.
Virginia Tech’s head basketball coach, Buzz Williams, partnered with chefs Joe Sparatta from Heritage and Lee Gregory from The Roosevelt (and both from Southbound) - took home the judge's award for best dish for their smoked brisket on Texas toast sandwich.
It wasn't a total loss for Two-time Cook-Off winner and University of Richmond head basketball coach, Chris Mooney, though.
Mooney, paired with Glenn Pruden, executive chef at the University of Richmond, took home the people's choice for their Philly cheese steak sandwich.
The event, held at the Science Museum of Virginia, benefited Max’s Positive Vibe Café, the Forest Hill restaurant that provides employment to people with physical and developmental disabilities.
“It’s so nice that you can live in South Side and eat so well,” the woman said to me as she …