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TT Lounge: Tasty Tea, Slacking Service Words by Emily SatchellPhotos by Peter PaganFall may be fast approaching, but you can still feel summer’s scorch in the air. Luckily, Richmond is home to an assortment of coffee shops and smoothie joints. But, sometimes you just need a slightly… different beverage. The TT Lounge is a cozy caf&eacut...

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Closed: Jorge’s Cantina Words by Taylor ThornbergJorge’s Cantina, a Fan district favorite for some, is officially closed after less than two years in business.The restaurant closed temporarily in July because of lack of business and necessary repairs, but is now closed permanently and the space is up for lease.According to Richmond....

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Shafer Serves Up Local Cuisine in Honor of Food Day Words and Photograph by Jasmine RobertsThrough October 21st-24th, VCU celebrated its third annual Food Day. Between Monroe Park and MCV Campus, VCU had events occurring all week long.On Tuesday, October 21st, there was a food market in Monroe Park, where students and faculty could enjoy food from l...

Q & A: Restaurant Week 101

Q & A: Restaurant Week 101 Story and Artwork by Lauren N. ColieShafer Bird asked Events Manager Christy Dalton of FeedMore about Richmond’s Restaurant Week. This week (April 22 – 28) more than 30 local restaurants will offer three-course dinner specials for .13, a portion of which will go to support FeedMore’s community prog...

Restaurant Review: Casa Del Barco: Mediocre Mexican, Terrific Tequila

Restaurant Review: Casa Del Barco: Mediocre Mexican, Terrific Tequila Words and Photos by Alison A. BowerWith Baja Bean relocating from their popular Main Street location, many Richmond locals are in search of a new Mexican-inspired restaurant to satisfy their distinct cravings.Casa Del Barco has become a popular destination for Mexican cuisine sinc...

Amelia’s Odyssey: Nick’s International Foods

Amelia’s Odyssey: Nick’s International Foods Words and Photograph by Amelia HeymannWest Broad Street is home to Nick’s International Foods.  It’s a small, locally owned grocery store and deli filled with specialty European and Mediterranean ingredients and products not easily found in most grocery stores.Of course the ma...

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Burger Bach’s Beefy Beauty Words and Photographs by Seth BirkenmeyerI love a good burger; they help me maintain such a great body, after all.Richmond has no shortage of solid burger joints, either. Carytown Burgers and Fries is a prime example of one, so needless to say, I was skeptical about whether or not the nearby Burger Bach could really ...

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Gwar Bar: It’s Gwar-met By Amelia Heymann Gwar is one of Richmond’s local treasures. A heavy metal band that dresses up as interplanet warriors who are stranded on earth and decide to form a metal group. Gwar opened up a restaurant back in 2014 by the name of “Gwar Bar,” a small place where you can shove meat in your face sur...

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Hibachi Buffet Hardly Worth the Drive If you’re in the mood for all-you-can-eat Asian cuisine, prepare to drive or call an Uber. Your best bets are out in the West End. Sushi King has established itself as well worth the time and gas. Is Hibachi Sushi & Supreme Buffet, located just a couple of blocks away, a worthy competitor?The dining pr...

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How Many Cookies Can One Campus Eat? Austin WalkerTo some surprise, yet another competitor in the cookie delivery service in RVA has emerged in between the two incumbent stores, Red Eye and Campus Cookies.Both of the currently operating stores were surprised at the knowledge of new competition, Insomnia Cookies, and have been in contact with each ot...

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If You Get it To-Go…I Say Go Naked Words and Photographs by Rebecca FrankelLocated in a mostly residential area in The Fan on W. Cary St., the Naked Onion is like a hidden gem. Though the building is small, it’s bright green sign makes it stand out.It is a take-out only place run by Las Vegas chefs Lauren Jurk and Greg Comstock, who do ...

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The Shape of College By Alexandra Hines The dreaded freshman fifteen is something that everyone hears about before heading off to college and becoming immersed in new dinning options on and off campus. But there may be a way to avoid it. Students at Virginia Commonwealth University are lucky to have readily available facilities that not only provide...

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Inside Red Eye Cookie Co. with Brayden Pleasants; New Delivery App Developed Words by Amelia HeymannRed Eye Cookie Co. is the back ally cookie delivery service that has been booming since its doors opened in late March, 2014.Shafer Bird staff writer Amelia Heymann had the pleasure of interviewing the President of Red Eye Cookie Co., Brayden Pleasant...

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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...

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Olio is just Oli-OK Words by Seth BirkenmeyerOlio is a hallmark of dining in the Fan that I have been meaning to try since I found myself living in Richmond three years ago. Many good things have been said about the sandwich shop, and its popular cart offering on campus has added to the intrigue.As such, I am disappointed to say that my meal there w...

Bleeker Street, Snead’s own sandwich shop

Bleeker Street, Snead’s own sandwich shop A business student favorite, considering it’s in Snead hall. Sandwiches are very popular, as are their salads. They offer something easy for students to eat while they work or during class, which is perfect for VCU’s own business building. It’s good food.OPTIONSSandwiches on various t...

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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: ...

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 ...

Restaurant Review: Casa Del Barco: Mediocre Mexican, Terrific Tequila

Restaurant Review: Casa Del Barco: Mediocre Mexican, Terrific Tequila Words and Photos by Alison A. BowerWith Baja Bean relocating from their popular Main Street location, many Richmond locals are in search of a new Mexican-inspired restaurant to satisfy their distinct cravings.Casa Del Barco has become a popular destination for Mexican cuisine sinc...