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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...

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...

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...

Cary St. Market and Deli, a good change of pace A bit out of the way for most students, this eatery is home to food that feels home cooked. You can pick exactly what you want for everything you order, and what you can order ranges from chicken, to macaroni and cheese, to sandwiches to wraps.OPTIONSMeat choices: rotisserie chicken is always available...

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 ...