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An Obituary: Sahara Restaurant and Hookah Bar

An Obituary: Sahara Restaurant and Hookah Bar Contributing Writer Bayan Atari Acknowledging that Sahara Restaurant and Hookah Bar is gone is like laying a racist older relative to death: you feel bad on principle, because death simply is not a happy thing; but you’re not exactly mourning the loss either. Comparing Sahara to a racist relative ...

Small Business Showcase: Rostov’s Coffee and Tea

Small Business Showcase: Rostov’s Coffee and Tea Video Filmed and Edited by Margaret Carmel and Shannon MinorWords by Shannon MinorRostov’s Coffee and Tea, located a short walk from the VCU campus on W. Main St., has been roasting coffee in shop, creating relationships with farmers and practicing environmentally friendly business ph...

Article: The Local: Bringing Irish classics to a Richmond tradition

Article: The Local: Bringing Irish classics to a Richmond tradition This article is a part of our Richmond Restaurant Week series of articles. Spring Restaurant Week deals run from April 22-28. Visit Restaurant Week’s site to find all participating restaurants. Words and Photo by Shannon MinorThe Local will be participating in this year’...

Millie’s Diner: The Food Speaks for Itself

Millie’s Diner: The Food Speaks for Itself Words and Photos by Lauren N. Colie   Far beyond the walking range of the average VCU student, Millie’s Diner sits humbly in the shadow of Kelly Point, which is another name for Libby Hill Park. The climb to reach the top might be steep, but dinner prices at Millie’s are eve...

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New Urban Farmhouse Location Strikes Out Contributing WriterKaty StanleyA downtown favorite has opened its new location on Broad st. this past month. Unlike their home store,which excels at bringing in customers with it’s inviting southern charm interior, fresh food, and precision. However, what makes it a prime spot for breakfast and lunch is...

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Shyndigz: Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover Words and Photographs by Shannon MinorExecutive EditorFor weeks, I was deterred by Shyndigz terrible font choice and added “z” to the end of their name. It was hard to take the restaurant seriously, as the lime green lettering on the exterior signage exuded the decorating taste one would fi...

Hibachi Box Finally Opens Its Doors

Hibachi Box Finally Opens Its Doors Contributing WriterRebecca FrankelIt’s finally happened. After months of walking by the shop at 411 N. Harrison St., wistfully dreaming of delicious Japanese stir-fried food, Hibachi Box has opened up its doors. As soon as I stepped foot inside of the restaurant I was surrounded bright, fun decor. It was lik...

Top dogs near VCU

Top dogs near VCU Photos by Sean Korsgaard.Sean KorsgaardGuest ColumnistFew all-American foods can claim to be a stable or urban living more than the hot dog, with Richmond being no exception.While you can find a few of your typical pushcarts selling dirty water dogs around town, Richmond is lucky to have a few restaurants founded on serving up fant...

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From Schnitzel to Strudel, a Tour of German Cuisine Words and Photograph by Sean CW KorsgaardThe weekend of September 19th through 20th marked Richmond Oktoberfest, which unlike the far more beer focused celebration in Shockoe Bottom next month, is largely focused on celebrating Richmond’s German-American community, culture and cuisine.Most re...

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Which has better pizza? Christian’s and I ❤ N.Y. square off Sean KorsgaardContributing WriterFor those of you venturing off campus for that classic college pizza craving, a pair of pizzerias recently opened on campus, Christian’s Pizza and I heart N.Y. Pizza.Christian’s Pizza, on 404 N. Harrison next to the Village Caf&eacut...

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A deeper look at Russian cuisine Sean KorsgaardDespite many Russian dishes not being widely known outside the Russian countries, as you’d expect of a nation that spanned three continents and nine time zones, Russian food claims a variety of influences, ranging from French high cuisine to Chinese soup dumplings.Some highlights include:Olivier s...

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The Easy End of the Semester RVA Brewery Guide Contributing Writer Nicolas De SouzaRichmond was called “one of the region’s fastest growing beer scenes” by the Wall Street Journal in 2016. The decision to open Stone Brewing Co.’s first East Coast Distribution center in Richmond this February shows that the beer scene here is ...

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The Village Cafe: National Acclaim, Local Atmosphere By Charlie CouchThe Village Cafe became my most frequented restaurant after I moved to Richmond two years ago. Locally owned, the Village continues to be a prominent establishment in the Richmond community since it opened its doors more than five years ago. The old news-clippings and posters ...

Article: Cous Cous to Relaunch with New Name and Menu

Article: Cous Cous to Relaunch with New Name and Menu Words by Sam IsaacsThe Mediterranean staple Cous Cous announced last week that its doors will be closing after seven years of operating at the intersection of Shafer and Franklin streets.“Everything is just really up in the air right now,” said Cous Cous in a statement &nbsp...

Article: Alchemy Coffee: One Part Science, One Part Magic

Article: Alchemy Coffee: One Part Science, One Part Magic Words and Photos by Azam MalikIf the owner and chief coffee peddler of Alchemy Coffee, Eric Spivack, had any flaws it would be that he cares too much. From the source of his coffee beans to the brands of the milk he uses, for Spivack, everything has to be perfect.It is this approach that led ...

Ramen Adventure at Spiral Noodle

Ramen Adventure at Spiral Noodle Contributing Writer Grant SmithSprawling across the walls, a mural depicts a battle scene reminiscent of 90’s animated cartoons and japanese manga. An enormous octopean monster coils in the clouds in conflict against robotic giants detailed in torch reds and cerulean blues. The mural, along with a fluid rainbow...

Article: Tips for On-Campus Foods Off-Campus

Article: Tips for On-Campus Foods Off-Campus Words and Photos by Shannon Minor Have you ever found that if you eat on-campus just one more time then you might as well just not eat at all? Constantly fitting in the same places to eat at during your daily routine can become very mundane and put a damper on your taste buds. So when your mouth is wateri...

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...

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...