Longoven has been named one of the "Hot 10" best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appétit magazine. In fact, the the respected food publication said Tuesday that the Scott's Addition restaurant was the nation's third-best new restaurant.
Longoven, which opened its stand-alone Richmond restaurant in June 2018, had been named last week as one of the magazine's top 50 nominees for America's best new restaurant.
“I’m speechless," said Patrick Phelan, co-owner and co-executive chef at Longoven. "It was really amazing to get in the top 50 at all, and then to do it again with brick-and-mortar. No way you could've told me top three. I’m kind of in a daze."
Bon Appétit puts out its annual top 50 after dining out all over the country in search of the best of the best. From there, the magazine whittles its list down to the "Hot 10."
"After we spent months traveling the country and eating ourselves into a state of jaded, overfed delirium, these 10 restaurants were the places that snapped us out of it. ... These are the restaurants that reminded us just how special dining out can be," Bon Appétit wrote.
Longoven was first named a top 50 new restaurant in 2016, for the pop-up dinner series it had launched in Richmond two years earlier. The series was hosted by Phelan, along with his co-owners and co-chefs — his wife, Megan Fitzroy Phelan, and Andrew Manning. The trio went on to open the restaurant at 2939 W. Clay St. after a four-year search for a space.
"Longoven is the most unlikely standout fine dining restaurant in America," wrote Bon Appétit deputy editor Julia Kramer for the "Hot 10" list.
She added: "The brick-and-mortar Longoven, which finally opened last year, is mind-bogglingly good — each dish so technically precise, so truly dedicated to ingredients, not to mention so, so pretty. "
Phelan said the recognition from Bon Appétit feels like validation for the work he and his partners have put in — and for what's happening overall in the Richmond food scene.
Phelan said he thinks "it’s pretty special to be in a climate like [Richmond]," where chefs all over town are putting their heart and soul into making a great restaurant every single day. Phelan said he received congratulatory texts from other Richmond chefs all morning.
"Richmond’s in this spot right now — it’s not New York, and it's not too small. No one takes it for granted; everyone is trying to build their passion and their restaurant," Phelan said. "We’re super happy to be in this city."
Longoven will participate in Bon Appétit's "Hot 10" party, which takes place in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 19. Tickets are $199, open to the public and all-inclusive. They can be purchased at BAHot10.com.
Longoven is the first Richmond-area restaurant to be named to the "Hot 10" list, though local restaurants have made the top 50 four other times: Peter Chang China Café in 2012; Southbound in 2015; Brenner Pass last year; and, of course, Longoven three years ago.