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Veggie Paradise at Fresca Austin WalkerStaff WriterI knew when I came to Richmond that I’d finally be able to find food without meat in it that was more than just a salad that was typically topped with breaded chicken anyway.The type of place I had imagined eating at was Fresca on Addison, a little vegan-friendly café with everything th...

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Nao and Zen, Now and Then Contributing WriterBayan Atari Perhaps in an attempt to keep up with the Asian-fusion competition that is Panda Express, or maybe for some more elusive reason, Nao and Zen has totally overhauled its menu. Located in the Student Commons, Nao and Zen is a convenient option for students with dining plans. In my freshman year, ...

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Sugar Shack Donuts, Giving Out Free Treats Whenever They Want Austin WalkerThe local staple has been at the forefront of creative marketing, giving away free donuts to customers willing to perform sometimes ridiculous acts.Some of their most recent assignments, their “freebie of the day” as it’s sometimes called, include bringing i...

Pizza Hut Express

Pizza Hut Express There aren’t too many tricks to the trade here. It’s Pizza Hut, condensed. Great if you want to just pick something up really quickly since everything is ready-made for you. Plus it is kind of hard to pass up with the smell of pizza hitting your nostrils as you walk through the Commons. As long as you aren’t expec...

Have you ever heard of Subway?

Have you ever heard of Subway? Subway is now the main sub locations on the meal plan. Good selection and good quality  for Subway. Keep in mind it’s not the full Subway menu, but you can pretty much request whatever you would like. If you see it, you can order it, and you can tell them exactly how you like it too, just like a real Subway!...

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Which Cheese Makes the Best Grilled Cheese? Words by Rebecca FrankelPhotograph by Dotty AlbroOne slab of cheese. Two slices of bread. All sizzling in pan with a bunch of butter. That’s right, I’m talking about grilled cheese sandwiches. Is there anything quite like gooey cheese oozing between two crunchy slices of bread?Something the Sha...

Top Five: Best Places to Get Pad Thai

Top Five: Best Places to Get Pad Thai Words and Photos by Aleena InthalyA nicely plated Pad Thai from Elephant Thai A delicious Pad Thai is a right balance of salty and sweet flavors that will melt in your mouth! Pad Thai is a well-known rice noodle dish that is made up of sweet tamarind, vinegar, and chilies garnished with bean sprouts and gre...

My Noodle-Thai with promise

My Noodle-Thai with promise My Noodle, Possible New Fan Neighborhood FavoriteWords by Shannon MinorPhotos by Michael PascoOpened Nov. 9 underneath the Stuart Court Apartments, 1600 Monument Ave., My Noodle provides the Fan neighborhood with a much needed Thai and Szechua cuisine.Stepping down the stairwell into an almost other-worldly atmospher...

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WORTH THE HIKE: Spice of India Margaret CarmelContributing WriterI heard about Spice of India on recommendation from an Indian friend of mine.She was always raving about the place and frequented the Campus Connector to go downtown to eat there as often as possible. I decided to head down there and see what all the fuss was about with high ...

Bacchus: Good food, small portions

Bacchus: Good food, small portions Words and photos by  Shannon MinorWhen I arrived at Bacchus, located in the Fan, the vibe felt slightly uncomfortable. Greeted by stares, the waiters and hostesses behind the bar looked at my friend and I as if to question, why are you even here?Once I said I had a reservation though, the mood quickly shifted ...

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Top Five: Best Places to Take Your Date on Valentine’s Day Word by Aleena InthalyIt is that time of year where romance is in full bloom in the lovely River City as Valentine’s Day is before us. Richmond is a candle-lit, sweethearted getaway in its own way with numerous places to impress that special someone. There is a variety of amorous...

Comment Cards: Strange Matter Delivers

Comment Cards: Strange Matter Delivers This is the first column of Comment Cards. In each card you will get our opinion on various dishes and foods at VCU Dining locations plus restaurants in Richmond. Each comment comes directly from your beloved Shafer Bird staff. The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsShafer Bird StaffLa...

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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 ...

Perly’s: A Place to Come and Stay

Perly’s: A Place to Come and Stay    Words and Photos by Shannon MinorWandering around Richmond one evening, I stumbled across Perly’s, unknown to many and tucked away on E. Grace and 1st St.   Through the windows, the restaurant was dark, but the street lights casted light upon the shelves of dishes, glasses, an...

Tex Mex to a tee at Rancho T

Tex Mex to a tee at Rancho T Contributing WriterGrant SmithRancho T is the most recent chapter in the ongoing saga of Richmond food rapture. The restaurant could be described as a latin-inspired Tex-Mex cantina, but it can not be fully defined without proper context. This restaurant is the lovechild of two monumental names in Richmond’s food s...

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The dining facility aptly named Croutons, Salads, and Wraps This is one of VCU’s healthiest options. The school has been pleasantly surprised at its popularity. They make everything right in front of you so you know it’s fresh, and the servings fill you right up until the next mealtime. The location opened in October of 2011 along with I...

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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...

Cafe Gutenberg: A Cafe for Carnivores and Herbivores

Cafe Gutenberg: A Cafe for Carnivores and Herbivores It’s a Saturday night in Richmond. What to do? Well, as long as you’re not broke, you could always go out to dinner. Sounds bland, especially for a vegan or a vegetarian. But, there could be some hope if you find the right place…Walking in from the cold air outside into Caf&eacu...

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ICF: Best Food of this Year’s Intercultural Festival By Charlie Couch The many cultures of Richmond let out a tremendous roar together Saturday during the World Beat Intercultural Festival.Quickly becoming one of Richmond’s largest events, the ICF is the larger-than-life embodiment of the community’s theme of diversity. Ask any loc...