The Daily – Fresh Food and a Chic Setting

The Daily – Fresh Food and a Chic Setting Taylor ThornbergContributing WriterWhen The Daily first opened in Carytown last summer, I often passed by and was drawn to its amazingly chic décor and lovely patio that gave a view of the well-decorated restaurant. The look of it gave me high hopes for the newest addition to a strip of restaura...

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821 Café-Don’t believe the hype By Rachel Williams 821 Café plays a pivotal role in campus entertainment, while serving as a point of reference upon entering Oregon Hill. It’s the comfort food of choice according to Style Weekly, where a stealthy vegan may dine beside a true meat lover. A café slapped on the bac...

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Shafer Bird WELCOME! If you are reading this, you already know the most trusted name in VCU dining news. We hope to continue bringing you the latest menu updates, as well as reviewing on-campus dining facilities, off-campus restaurants and investigating what’s really in the Shafer Chilli.We have reviews coming soon from our staff writer’...

Let’s Get Ready to Crumble- Red Eye Cookie Co. vs. Campus Cookies

Let’s Get Ready to Crumble- Red Eye Cookie Co. vs. Campus Cookies Words and Photographs by Margaret Carmel and Shannon MinorLate night cravings often erupt at this busy time in the semester. Sweet relief, however, can now be found in more than one place near the VCU campus.Shafer Bird’s Margaret Carmel and Shannon Minor recently pulled a...

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The Alamo: A Restaurant Almost Worth Remembering Words and Photographs by Seth BirkenmeyerThe first thing I noticed after parking my car across the street from The Alamo, a barbeque joint located in Church Hill, is its charming outdoor setup. It seems to radiate southern hospitality as much as its slow cooker exudes smoke out back. A closer inspecti...

SWEET SPOT: Proper Pie satisfies sweet tooth

SWEET SPOT: Proper Pie satisfies sweet tooth Amelia HeymannContributing WriterWhen you hear about Proper Pie, it makes you think of pastries with flaky crust, set upon white lacy doilies.  While the former is true to its nature, the latter is not.Proper Pie is a hole-in-the-wall on east Broad with a nothing but a few tiny tables and a counterto...

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Getting Carded at Kroger Daniel ParkerContributing WriterA man with no store card in this day and age is naked– at the mercy of higher prices and unfamiliar aisles. I made that mistake before– laundry detergent at full price at Kroger’s, the cashier’s sneers as I showed up without a card.The idea behind a store card is loyalt...

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Pizzapocalypse: Can DiCarlos Top Christian’s? by Seth BirkenmeyerPizza is quintessential part of pretty much every college student’s diet. We as a group are usually strapped for cash, frequently intoxicated and always hungry. Those are things that go great with pizza. But there are so many options to choose from, and at a certain point i...

Valentine’s advice for a foodie

Valentine’s advice for a foodie Video by Shannon Minor and Margaret Carmel.Shafer’s Unwanted GiftCort OlsenExecutive Editor of INK MagazineEvery single student at VCU knows the consequences for going to Shafer Dining Court, yet, time and again, we continue to swipe that VCU ID at the door.If you haven’t eaten all day and you know y...

BIGS’ big transformation

BIGS’ big transformation Photo by Cort Olsen.Cort OlsenEditor-in-Chief of INK MagazineRemember late last year when people would hang out between band sets at Strange Matter and a man would come around promoting this small barbecue restaurant? It opened up right next door, and it’s called BIGS BBQ.BIGS definitely had people doing double-t...

Students React to Commons Renovations

Students React to Commons Renovations Words by Lauren N. ColieImages by Scott PorushVCU gave the University Student Commons a facelift this summer, conducting a full renovation of the Park Place Food Court. The most obvious alteration is the replacement of Zoca with Taco Bell, but students are noticing other changes.Sophomore Josh Klimmek said that,...

Asado Wing & Taco Company: Let’s Taco Bout It

Asado Wing & Taco Company: Let’s Taco Bout It Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetContributing Writer: Caetlin McFadden Asado is a bold new twist on the classic Tex-Mex that we all know and love. Located on the corner of Broad and Laurel, the cozy restaurant screams urban rustic Richmond. With its tin pressed ceilings and classic ...

Market 810 TO-GO!

Market 810 TO-GO! It’s even more convenient than Shafer, while still being in that great, central location right by the Library and Hibbs! One would wonder why people call it Shafer to-go at all. It’s almost like you get the wide selection of Shafer with the ability to eat it outside of Shafer! Or at Rodney’s. OPTIONSSelection...

A Guide to Shafer Dining Court

A Guide to Shafer Dining Court Shafer, the all-you-can-eat dining hall, is the flagship location for ARAMARK at VCU. Shafer can be great when someone need a lot of food fast, wants to introduce someone to what food is like at VCU, or just a place to have as much as you can eat and seat a lot of people. It can also let you down, in more ways than one...

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Favorite Richmond Food Memory Filmed & Edited by Margaret CarmelMusic by Johnny HargroveMeet the Shafer Bird Staff and hear their favorite Richmond food memories.  04.07.2019 Category: ...

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Nile Ethiopian Restaurant: So-So-Spicy Words and Photos by Michael PascoIf you are on the way to The Siegel Center or to Barnes and Nobles, Nile Ethiopian Restaurant is one of the very first restaurants you will see.On the inside, the first thing that catches your eye is the kitchen, and the bar very close to it. If you were a regular or were eating...

Laurel and Grace Place: New Dining Options

Laurel and Grace Place: New Dining Options Words by Amanda Campbell Photos by Michael Pasco  VCU Dining Services added three new eatery options for students on campus last Monday and was well received by a crowd of hungry student ready for something different.As a part of the new Laurel and Grace Place, the IHOP Express, Raising Cane’s Ch...

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 ...

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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...