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Remember the Alamo By Grant Smith A smokey, pungent haze fills the air, shimmering in the sunbeams as the sun draws low in the western sky. Passing an eclectic assembly of gentleman and outlaws, you approach the counter of the terra-cotta dive. Sweat drips down your brow as you examine the chalkboard menu. Beef brisket or smoked pork? Mexican Coke o...

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The Cultured Swine Fails to Impress by Rebecca FrankelWhen I stepped into The Cultured Swine on 317 N. 2nd St., I was greeted with vibrant red walls and an even more vibrant “Hello! How are you?” from the owner. There were cute little pig knick-knacks on the shelf that held the different sauces, hog art hung on the crimson walls, and the...

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Top Five RVA Happy Hours by Rebecca FrankelAll day long you’ve been sitting in class, doing homework, or trying to absorb the world’s most confusing textbook in time for a nasty exam. Now it’s four o’clock and you are ready to kick back and grab a drink and a bite at a local bar. But how do you decide where to go for happy ho...

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Where to Go for Bacon and Eggs at Midnight in RVA By Austin WalkerWe’ve all been there. Although society has constructed this idea that banana pancakes at one in the morning is an issue, your stomach doesn’t always follow the rules. To satisfy that maple bacon and omelette craving that strikes you while the city is sleeping, look no furt...

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Foo Dog for Thought Words and Photographys by Amelia HeymannWhile there are many Asian food restaurants in Richmond, Foo Dog separates itself from the others with a great menu and reasonable prices.Specializing in Asian street food, on their menu you can get anything from Gyoza to homemade Ramen.The kitschy, mod interior only helps add to the excite...

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Where to Take Your Date on Valentines Day Based on What Kind of Couple You Are 1. Ipanema Cafe- VegansWith a completely meatless menu and cozy seating, Ipanema Cafe is the perfect spot for herbivores and those who love them. 2. The Village Cafe- The Long Distance RelationshipThe Village is a classic Richmond dining location, so it’s perfect fo...

Sit down and eat at Chili’s

Sit down and eat at Chili’s The only true restaurant-style location currently on the dining plan. ARAMARK has simplified some entrees, but many food options are restaurant quality. Chili’s has great hours and you can always order food to go. The biggest downside is the slow service, but that is to be expected with a sit-down meal.OPTIONS...

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JKOGI Delivers Amazing Korean Food to RVA by Rebecca FrankelOne thing I found lacking in Richmond’s food scene when I moved down here this fall was the limited supply of Korean food. Back in Northern Virginia, Korean food is everywhere. It is easily one of my favorite types of cuisine. So you can imagine the absolute euphoria I experienced whe...

Pie Five Gets A High Five

Pie Five Gets A High Five Contributing WriterKhaa’Rym AlleemJoining the campus pizza family, Pie Five opened its doors to VCU students on September 4th of this year. Located next to the Panera Bread at 810 West Grace st, Pie Five has brought a unique pizza experience to the area.The inside of the store was clean and small. however there is an ...

The Ultimate V-Day Dining Experience

The Ultimate V-Day Dining Experience Contributing WriterNicole CareyConsidering the extensive list of restaurants to choose from in Richmond it can be tough to decide where to bring that special someone on Valentine’s Day. That’s why we have put together list of meals for those hungry couples who are looking to enjoy good food while spen...

Ramen Adventure at Spiral Noodle

Ramen Adventure at Spiral Noodle Contributing Writer Grant SmithSprawling across the walls, a mural depicts a battle scene reminiscent of 90’s animated cartoons and japanese manga. An enormous octopean monster coils in the clouds in conflict against robotic giants detailed in torch reds and cerulean blues. The mural, along with a fluid rainbow...

The Pit & The Peel Makes for a Healthy Meal

The Pit & The Peel Makes for a Healthy Meal Contributing WriterNick DesouzaFrom the mason jars fashioned into light fixtures, to a daily punny joke etched onto a blackboard, one can tell The Pit & The Peel was molded with Richmond’s twang in mind. Opened in June of 2015, the Pit and the Peel strives to provide people with healthy eatin...

An Obituary: Sahara Restaurant and Hookah Bar

An Obituary: Sahara Restaurant and Hookah Bar Contributing Writer Bayan Atari Acknowledging that Sahara Restaurant and Hookah Bar is gone is like laying a racist older relative to death: you feel bad on principle, because death simply is not a happy thing; but you’re not exactly mourning the loss either. Comparing Sahara to a racist relative ...

Small Business Showcase: Rostov’s Coffee and Tea

Small Business Showcase: Rostov’s Coffee and Tea Video Filmed and Edited by Margaret Carmel and Shannon MinorWords by Shannon MinorRostov’s Coffee and Tea, located a short walk from the VCU campus on W. Main St., has been roasting coffee in shop, creating relationships with farmers and practicing environmentally friendly business ph...

Article: The Local: Bringing Irish classics to a Richmond tradition

Article: The Local: Bringing Irish classics to a Richmond tradition This article is a part of our Richmond Restaurant Week series of articles. Spring Restaurant Week deals run from April 22-28. Visit Restaurant Week’s site to find all participating restaurants. Words and Photo by Shannon MinorThe Local will be participating in this year’...

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Einstein Bros. Bagels Einstein brings something light and simple to campus. It is exactly what it sounds like: a place that offers a quick bite to eat. And a pretty damn good bagel for a college student, with a pretty well-valued price.It isn’t going to try and be anything else, and that’s what there is to appreciate about it.OPTIONSBage...

Socially Awkward Cooking With Shannon: Smashed Chickpea Sandwich!

Socially Awkward Cooking With Shannon: Smashed Chickpea Sandwich! Filmed by Margaret Carmel, Edited by Shannon Minor, Music “It’s a Hornpipe” by Johnny HargroveThis sandwich is quick, easy and vegetarian, while providing a good source of protein! A great tip would be to spread hummus on your bread and add lettuce for extra crunch.I...

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Shoryuken Ramen: Serving Up Fresh Ramen Close to Campus Contributing WriterKhaa’rym Al-maliq Alleem Do you like Street Fighter? Do you like ramen? Then you have to try Shoryuken Ramen, a new restaurant on campus. Shoryuken Ramen is as the title would imply, a ramen shop, however they sell more than just ramen. It’s located at 900 W. Fran...

Let There Be Bagels Once More!

Let There Be Bagels Once More! Let There Be Bagels Once More!Einstein Bros. Bagels is now open on the first floor of Shafer Court DiningCenter.The bagel shop operates between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.However, students expecting to use there meal plan will have to wait until after 5 p.m.Einstein Bros...