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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...

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...

A Day in the Life: A Day on Campus

A Day in the Life: A Day on Campus via Danielle "Dani" BrownIt’s the last month before the end of the semester, and that usually means two things: final exams and projects, and more time spent on campus preparing. A good portion of VCU students already live on-campus, which means they eat on-campus, with their meal plan, and don’t have t...

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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...

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...