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Panda Express: Worth the Hype? Amelia HeymannContributing Writer The newest addition to the Grace Street food line-up is Panda Express. With lines bursting out of the door for weeks after opening, and in freezing temperatures it’s not hard to see the popularity of this newest VCU dining facility. However, with three other chinese restaurants o...

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Momotaro: Slightly Better than Grocery Store Sushi Contributing WriterGreg Kremer Located on the corner of Boulevard and Cary streets Momotaro is well placed near the Byrd Theater and a scad of bars and shops. The exterior is pleasant enough with Japanese lanterns and large windows facing out onto the street. To the passerby it looks like it could b...

Mama’s Kitchen impresses mama’s boy

Mama’s Kitchen impresses mama’s boy Daniel ParkerGuest ColumnistMama’s Kitchen is a tiny Korean restaurant tucked away on 946 West Grace St.The inside is typical of family owned take out. Mama’s atmosphere consisted of a blank white wall, with a large Korean Olympics game poster and a shelf covered in toys.Service was essenti...

Article: Local Community Center Provides Fresh Produce to Families in Need

Article: Local Community Center Provides Fresh Produce to Families in Need Words and Photos by Lauren N. Colie and Michael PascoMatthew Daniel winds his way down the mulched path from the William Byrd Community House to the quarter-acre farmlet behind the playgrounds. He gestures excitedly at the flowerbeds along the way, and points to a tree he res...

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PANDA EXPRESS: Expect Satisfaction, Not Surprises Michael PascoEditor-in-ChiefBy now, every VCU student knows what to expect at Panda Express. The service is friendly. They cashier says “Welcome to Panda!” and the rest of the staff echoes with a “Welcome!” It masks the inevitably long wait you will have to patiently abide by ...

Classic Rock Coffee, A One-Hit Wonder

Classic Rock Coffee, A One-Hit Wonder Contributing WriterGrant SmithIn a city brimming with coffee shops newcomers need to stand out to have success in the Richmond market. At first glance, Classic Rock Coffee seems to have what it takes. Located just off campus on the north side of Broad street near Kroger, Classic Rock Coffee brings the nostalgia ...

On sampling the The Village menu

On sampling the The Village menu Photos by Anna ShcherbakovaArmed with decor in tones of brown lit with dim lamps and a varied menu, The Village sees many students come and go in search for a place to take their friends, a lucky date or their lucky parents.Shaferbird staff paid a visit to The Village Cafe, located on 1001 West Grace Street.Words by ...

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Thai to Die For Words and Photographs by Amelia HeymannI was lucky enough to eat at the very popular Ginger Thai, located in the heart of Carytown. Ever since I came to Richmond, Ginger Thai has been one of the restaurants I have been repeatedly told had amazing food and I absolutely just had to eat there.Walking in, the layout of the restaurant is ...

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Brux’l Café: A Bourgie Belgian Brunch Words and Photographs by Taylor ThornbergIf you’re attuned to bright colors, you can’t miss Brux’l Café, one of several new restaurants on West Main Street. The outside sports a large red, yellow and black awning in between mostly pastel-colored buildings, advertising Belgia...

Article: Tips for On-Campus Foods Off-Campus

Article: Tips for On-Campus Foods Off-Campus Words and Photos by Shannon Minor Have you ever found that if you eat on-campus just one more time then you might as well just not eat at all? Constantly fitting in the same places to eat at during your daily routine can become very mundane and put a damper on your taste buds. So when your mouth is wateri...

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Weekend Dining Options Leave Many Students Hungry By: Tommy LopezWandering around campus on a Saturday evening, freshman Neil Mistry found his stomach rumbling.Unfortunately for Mistry, the dining options on the VCU meal plan are slim. Shafer Court closed at 9 p.m., and only one section of the Student Commons was open. Looks like it will be Chipotle...

Top 5: Worst Service on Campus

Top 5: Worst Service on Campus Words and Photos by Lauren N. ColieCollege students can be a rowdy bunch. With that being said, I’m sure we’re a constant pain for many restaurants right on campus. However, we come bearing valid U.S. currency, big appetites and really want a good night out with friends. As college students, the little mone...

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How Eco-Friendly is Shafer REALLY? By Austin WalkerThe VCU Office of Sustainability has been focusing on the Shafer Dining Court from the beginning of the VCU Goes Green Initiative, as the location is one of the biggest consumers of resources and producers of waste.Thankfully, the management team at Shafer, alongside the Office of Sustainability, ha...

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...

Boo’s Brown Bag: What VCU Might Need

Boo’s Brown Bag: What VCU Might Need Words and Photos by Sam IsaacsI’ve always felt that there needs to be more small “to go” based restaurants in the VCU area. Boo’s Brown Bag, which opened Jan. 14, provides that service. However, if this place is going to hold its own, the food has got to be just as good or better tha...

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 ...

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Richmond’s Fall Flavors Words by Rebecca Frankel and Amelia HeymannDrawing by Daniel ParkerLeaves are starting to change their color and the crisp smell of fall has filled the air, which here at Shafer Bird means pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon flavored goodies.  Here is a compiled list of the fall treats local Richmond restaurants have ...

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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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Bleeker changes their menu, students react http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN2mFczqekkFilmed by Margaret CarmelShafer Bird hit the streets to find out what VCU students think of Bleecker’s new “Make Your Own” style menu.Bleecker St. is located in Snead Hall and open Monday- Thursday 7:00am-10:00pm, Friday 7:00am-3:00pm, Closed Satur...