First Place: Peter Chang China Cafe
11424 W. Broad St.
Second Place: Mekong Restaurant
Third Place: Sabai
Bust out the water and remember that rice doesn’t cool your mouth down as much as you think it should — if anything, it only makes the situation worse. Since opening his first Richmond-area restaurant, James Beard Award finalist Peter Chang has taken our taste buds to new heights. His superb twist on classic Sichuan cooking both numbs and sets the senses alight in such crowd favorites as the dry-fried eggplant and New Zealand lamb chops. It’s impossible not to over-order but that’s a fortunate side effect when it comes to lunch the next day.