Q & A: Restaurant Week 101

Q & A: Restaurant Week 101 Story and Artwork by Lauren N. ColieShafer Bird asked Events Manager Christy Dalton of FeedMore about Richmond’s Restaurant Week. This week (April 22 – 28) more than 30 local restaurants will offer three-course dinner specials for .13, a portion of which will go to support FeedMore’s community prog...

Restaurant Review: Casa Del Barco: Mediocre Mexican, Terrific Tequila

Restaurant Review: Casa Del Barco: Mediocre Mexican, Terrific Tequila Words and Photos by Alison A. BowerWith Baja Bean relocating from their popular Main Street location, many Richmond locals are in search of a new Mexican-inspired restaurant to satisfy their distinct cravings.Casa Del Barco has become a popular destination for Mexican cuisine sinc...

Amelia’s Odyssey: Nick’s International Foods

Amelia’s Odyssey: Nick’s International Foods Words and Photograph by Amelia HeymannWest Broad Street is home to Nick’s International Foods.  It’s a small, locally owned grocery store and deli filled with specialty European and Mediterranean ingredients and products not easily found in most grocery stores.Of course the ma...

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Burger Bach’s Beefy Beauty Words and Photographs by Seth BirkenmeyerI love a good burger; they help me maintain such a great body, after all.Richmond has no shortage of solid burger joints, either. Carytown Burgers and Fries is a prime example of one, so needless to say, I was skeptical about whether or not the nearby Burger Bach could really ...

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Gwar Bar: It’s Gwar-met By Amelia Heymann Gwar is one of Richmond’s local treasures. A heavy metal band that dresses up as interplanet warriors who are stranded on earth and decide to form a metal group. Gwar opened up a restaurant back in 2014 by the name of “Gwar Bar,” a small place where you can shove meat in your face sur...

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Hibachi Buffet Hardly Worth the Drive If you’re in the mood for all-you-can-eat Asian cuisine, prepare to drive or call an Uber. Your best bets are out in the West End. Sushi King has established itself as well worth the time and gas. Is Hibachi Sushi & Supreme Buffet, located just a couple of blocks away, a worthy competitor?The dining pr...

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How Many Cookies Can One Campus Eat? Austin WalkerTo some surprise, yet another competitor in the cookie delivery service in RVA has emerged in between the two incumbent stores, Red Eye and Campus Cookies.Both of the currently operating stores were surprised at the knowledge of new competition, Insomnia Cookies, and have been in contact with each ot...

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If You Get it To-Go…I Say Go Naked Words and Photographs by Rebecca FrankelLocated in a mostly residential area in The Fan on W. Cary St., the Naked Onion is like a hidden gem. Though the building is small, it’s bright green sign makes it stand out.It is a take-out only place run by Las Vegas chefs Lauren Jurk and Greg Comstock, who do ...

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The Shape of College By Alexandra Hines The dreaded freshman fifteen is something that everyone hears about before heading off to college and becoming immersed in new dinning options on and off campus. But there may be a way to avoid it. Students at Virginia Commonwealth University are lucky to have readily available facilities that not only provide...

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Inside Red Eye Cookie Co. with Brayden Pleasants; New Delivery App Developed Words by Amelia HeymannRed Eye Cookie Co. is the back ally cookie delivery service that has been booming since its doors opened in late March, 2014.Shafer Bird staff writer Amelia Heymann had the pleasure of interviewing the President of Red Eye Cookie Co., Brayden Pleasant...

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Jameri-Can Improve by Amelia HeymannOn N. 2nd St. Jamerican Jamaican food restaurant is about a 20 minute walk from campus. While this place was suggested to me by a friend, I can’t say I’d suggest it to someone else.Walking into Jamerican I was greeted by a mostly empty storefront with a few racks of chips and various items one would fi...

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Olio is just Oli-OK Words by Seth BirkenmeyerOlio is a hallmark of dining in the Fan that I have been meaning to try since I found myself living in Richmond three years ago. Many good things have been said about the sandwich shop, and its popular cart offering on campus has added to the intrigue.As such, I am disappointed to say that my meal there w...

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Pizza and Beer: You Can’t Go Wrong At Pie By Alex RasnakePie is a self-described pizza place and dive bar nestled on 214 N Lombardy St. Make sure you jot down that address–you could mistake Pie for a coffee shop. Surrounded by apartment buildings, the place stands out with a purple exterior, a chalkboard menu on the sidewalk, and a barel...

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Quality Over Quantity at Black Hand Coffee Co. By Grant Smith When it comes to coffee, people tend to be impassioned, fervently protective — even reverential towards their favorite roast. These devotees sponsor their chosen brand through consistent patronage and zealous word-of-mouth advertising. Within the foodservice industry, coffee houses ...

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RamPantry Feeds VCU By Grant SmithAs college students immersed in the urban setting of Richmond, there are numerous important budgetary considerations when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. On campus dining options generally comprise the majority of student diets but local restaurants and popular chains are constantly vying for our business. I...

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Nao & Zen Pan-Asian cuisine in the most convenient location VCU has to offer. The good location makes it a popular choice for VCU students, especially as a change of pace from things like Shafer and IHOP.OPTIONSAsian-inspired food at Nao & Zen, chicken or tofu over rice with stir fried vegetables of your selection. It’s a pretty s...

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Battle of the Burgers: Carytown Burgers vs. Burger Bach Words and Photos by Cory JohnsonClose to the intersection of Ellwood and Thompson in Carytown are two restaurants that specialize in the same thing: burgers and fries. While burger places are only separated by a few blocks in this city, the unique stances on burger making that these two restaur...

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The Shape of College By Alexandra Hines The dreaded freshman fifteen is something that everyone hears about before heading off to college and becoming immersed in new dinning options on and off campus. But there may be a way to avoid it. Students at Virginia Commonwealth University are lucky to have readily available facilities that not only provide...

Best Date Spot in Richmond: L’Opossum

Best Date Spot in Richmond: L’Opossum  By Nicolas DesouzaI mean… just look at their business card!If you’re looking for the perfect place to sweep someone off their feet, look no further. This hole in the wall French restaurant is one of Richmond’s best date night restaurants. As attractive as this notion may sound rest...