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How Eco-Friendly is Shafer REALLY? By Austin WalkerThe VCU Office of Sustainability has been focusing on the Shafer Dining Court from the beginning of the VCU Goes Green Initiative, as the location is one of the biggest consumers of resources and producers of waste.Thankfully, the management team at Shafer, alongside the Office of Sustainability, ha...

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Einstein Bros. Bagels Einstein brings something light and simple to campus. It is exactly what it sounds like: a place that offers a quick bite to eat. And a pretty damn good bagel for a college student, with a pretty well-valued price.It isn’t going to try and be anything else, and that’s what there is to appreciate about it.OPTIONSBage...

Boo’s Brown Bag: What VCU Might Need

Boo’s Brown Bag: What VCU Might Need Words and Photos by Sam IsaacsI’ve always felt that there needs to be more small “to go” based restaurants in the VCU area. Boo’s Brown Bag, which opened Jan. 14, provides that service. However, if this place is going to hold its own, the food has got to be just as good or better tha...

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Veggie Paradise at Fresca Austin WalkerStaff WriterI knew when I came to Richmond that I’d finally be able to find food without meat in it that was more than just a salad that was typically topped with breaded chicken anyway.The type of place I had imagined eating at was Fresca on Addison, a little vegan-friendly café with everything th...

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Nao and Zen, Now and Then Contributing WriterBayan Atari Perhaps in an attempt to keep up with the Asian-fusion competition that is Panda Express, or maybe for some more elusive reason, Nao and Zen has totally overhauled its menu. Located in the Student Commons, Nao and Zen is a convenient option for students with dining plans. In my freshman year, ...

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Sugar Shack Donuts, Giving Out Free Treats Whenever They Want Austin WalkerThe local staple has been at the forefront of creative marketing, giving away free donuts to customers willing to perform sometimes ridiculous acts.Some of their most recent assignments, their “freebie of the day” as it’s sometimes called, include bringing i...

Pizza Hut Express

Pizza Hut Express There aren’t too many tricks to the trade here. It’s Pizza Hut, condensed. Great if you want to just pick something up really quickly since everything is ready-made for you. Plus it is kind of hard to pass up with the smell of pizza hitting your nostrils as you walk through the Commons. As long as you aren’t expec...

Have you ever heard of Subway?

Have you ever heard of Subway? Subway is now the main sub locations on the meal plan. Good selection and good quality  for Subway. Keep in mind it’s not the full Subway menu, but you can pretty much request whatever you would like. If you see it, you can order it, and you can tell them exactly how you like it too, just like a real Subway!...

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Which Cheese Makes the Best Grilled Cheese? Words by Rebecca FrankelPhotograph by Dotty AlbroOne slab of cheese. Two slices of bread. All sizzling in pan with a bunch of butter. That’s right, I’m talking about grilled cheese sandwiches. Is there anything quite like gooey cheese oozing between two crunchy slices of bread?Something the Sha...

Top Five: Best Places to Get Pad Thai

Top Five: Best Places to Get Pad Thai Words and Photos by Aleena InthalyA nicely plated Pad Thai from Elephant Thai A delicious Pad Thai is a right balance of salty and sweet flavors that will melt in your mouth! Pad Thai is a well-known rice noodle dish that is made up of sweet tamarind, vinegar, and chilies garnished with bean sprouts and gre...

My Noodle-Thai with promise

My Noodle-Thai with promise My Noodle, Possible New Fan Neighborhood FavoriteWords by Shannon MinorPhotos by Michael PascoOpened Nov. 9 underneath the Stuart Court Apartments, 1600 Monument Ave., My Noodle provides the Fan neighborhood with a much needed Thai and Szechua cuisine.Stepping down the stairwell into an almost other-worldly atmospher...

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WORTH THE HIKE: Spice of India Margaret CarmelContributing WriterI heard about Spice of India on recommendation from an Indian friend of mine.She was always raving about the place and frequented the Campus Connector to go downtown to eat there as often as possible. I decided to head down there and see what all the fuss was about with high ...

Bacchus: Good food, small portions

Bacchus: Good food, small portions Words and photos by  Shannon MinorWhen I arrived at Bacchus, located in the Fan, the vibe felt slightly uncomfortable. Greeted by stares, the waiters and hostesses behind the bar looked at my friend and I as if to question, why are you even here?Once I said I had a reservation though, the mood quickly shifted ...

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Top Five: Best Places to Take Your Date on Valentine’s Day Word by Aleena InthalyIt is that time of year where romance is in full bloom in the lovely River City as Valentine’s Day is before us. Richmond is a candle-lit, sweethearted getaway in its own way with numerous places to impress that special someone. There is a variety of amorous...

Comment Cards: Strange Matter Delivers

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...

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RamPantry Feeds VCU By Grant SmithAs college students immersed in the urban setting of Richmond, there are numerous important budgetary considerations when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. On campus dining options generally comprise the majority of student diets but local restaurants and popular chains are constantly vying for our business. I...

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Socially Awkward Cooking: Powered up Protein Pancakes By Shannon Minor and Margaret Carmel  04.07.2019 Category: Vegetarian and Vegan ...

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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...

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...