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Alex’s Thai Cuisine: A symbol of Thai family By: Aleena Inthaly and Azam Malik Walking into any restaurant with wooden babies and metallic Buddhas in theentrance way can be intimidating but not at Alex’s Thai Cuisine. The soft scent of Jasmine flowers and sizzle of saute pans in the kitchen wasn’t a representation of just Thailand,...

Kuba Kuba: Colorful Cuisine with the Garnish of Cuba By Aleena InthalyI was roaming the streets of Havana where the sun highlighted fresh produce in vendor stands. Traditional Cuban music echoed the streets as if the pastel colored buildings were singing. But I was not in Havana. This authentic Cuban vibe was coming from Kuba Kuba, a restaurant serv...

Extreme Pizza: Lets not pretend you’re extreme By Paul StehlikThe key to a great restaurant lays in delicious cuisine, friendly staff, and a creative atmosphere. Extreme Pizza is extreme in name alone. It has all the charm of a sleazy chain restaurant, the taste of a Chuck-E-Cheese’s mass produced pizza.The pizza at Extreme Pizza is a fl...

Garnett’s Cafe: The Art of the Sandwich Words and Photos by Sam IsaacsA sandwich is easy to make, but hard to master. Sure, anyone can throw together something at home, but there is something special about sitting down and ordering a well thought out and put together sandwich. Located in the heart of the fan at Park and Meadow, Garnett’s...

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...

10th Annual Italian Street Festival, September 27th & 28th Words by Rebecca FrankelThis weekend on September 27th and 28th, Richmond’s historic 17th Street Farmer’s Market will host the 10th annual Italian Street Festival.There will be food venders and local restaurants selling pizza, pasta, kettle corn, gelato, Italian ice and more ...

Little Mexico: The Sign Says ‘Burrito Chop’ By Megan Stamper and Kyrra HarrisLittle Mexico is a great casual, Mexican-style restaurant nestled right on the edge of the VCU campus.It is a tiny building (as it’s name would imply), adjacent to Aladdin’s Hookah Lounge on N. Laurel, so there is limited dine-in seating. The restaur...

Chef MaMusu’s Africanne : Some Southern Comfort in Western Africa Words and Photos by Azam MalikChef Mamusu's is only an 11-minute walk from campus.I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that Chef MaMusu’s Africanne on Main never actually opened. Like a few of Richmond’s small and hidden away eateries, the doors always seem closed...

Alchemy Coffee Opens Up “The Lab” Words and Photographs by Rebecca FrankelYou may have passed by Alchemy Coffee, a coffee and pastry cart, on your way to classes near the Singleton Center and Pollak Building.Alchemy Coffee has perfectly brewed vegan coffee down to an exact science. They have been so prosperous that on August 25th, 2014 t...

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...

Comfort: The Perfect Blend of Southern Cuisine and Simplicity By Manhatten RoyalI stumbled upon Comfort about one year ago. Blending in with many of the buildings on West Broad Street, it can be easy to overlook at first.However, once you experience the delights of true southern comfort food, you’ll be sure to look out for it every time you pa...

Coffee Chronicles: Crossroads By Elizabeth Butterfield and Deeva Payne The feeling of community thrives at Crossroads, and as a staple to the VCU Monroe Park Campus, Crossroads is a place where people don’t come just for the delicious variety of food and decently priced coffee: they come for each other.As you walk into Crossroads Coffee and Ic...

Einstein Bros. Gets Mixed Reviews By DeeVa PayneThe highly anticipated opening of Einstein’s Bros. Bagels brings “darn goodcoffee” with mixed reviews. Is a delicious bagel worth the long line and a lengthy wait?The lighting and décor of Einstein’s is welcoming. The neutral colors and café façade prov...

The Coffee Chronicles: Lift By Liz ButterfieldIf you are looking for a cool, urban atmosphere with a futuristic vibe, Lift Coffee Shop on Broad Street is the place for you.I have been rather surprised by my visit to Lift Coffee Shop. For one, it was not what I anticipated. As usual, I expect the atypical coffee shop to boast neutral colors, chill mu...

The Black Sheep: Serving Uniquely Southern Cuisine for a Unique City Words by DeeVa PaynePhotos by Nate ComptonLocated in Richmond’s Carver district, the small corner restaurant known as the Black Sheep keeps the art of food alive. Eclectic in both atmosphere and décor, people flock to this hip restaurant for a hip experience and most i...

Little Mexico: The Sign Says ‘Burrito Chop’ By Megan Stamper and Kyrra HarrisLittle Mexico is a great casual, Mexican-style restaurant nestled right on the edge of the VCU campus.It is a tiny building (as it’s name would imply), adjacent to Aladdin’s Hookah Lounge on N. Laurel, so there is limited dine-in seating. The restaur...

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...

Mango Salsa Cous Cous and Wings  By Contributing Writers Nicolette and Katie TufanIf you’re starting to notice a trend here with our meals, you’re right. There’s a protein, an occasional carb, and plenty of veggies or fruits, or a mix of both. That’s because we’ve always been advocates of healthy eating, and a bala...

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...