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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 ...

Perly’s: A Place to Come and Stay

Perly’s: A Place to Come and Stay    Words and Photos by Shannon MinorWandering around Richmond one evening, I stumbled across Perly’s, unknown to many and tucked away on E. Grace and 1st St.   Through the windows, the restaurant was dark, but the street lights casted light upon the shelves of dishes, glasses, an...

Tex Mex to a tee at Rancho T

Tex Mex to a tee at Rancho T Contributing WriterGrant SmithRancho T is the most recent chapter in the ongoing saga of Richmond food rapture. The restaurant could be described as a latin-inspired Tex-Mex cantina, but it can not be fully defined without proper context. This restaurant is the lovechild of two monumental names in Richmond’s food s...

The Daily – Fresh Food and a Chic Setting

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...

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821 Café-Don’t believe the hype By Rachel Williams 821 Café plays a pivotal role in campus entertainment, while serving as a point of reference upon entering Oregon Hill. It’s the comfort food of choice according to Style Weekly, where a stealthy vegan may dine beside a true meat lover. A café slapped on the bac...

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Shafer Bird WELCOME! If you are reading this, you already know the most trusted name in VCU dining news. We hope to continue bringing you the latest menu updates, as well as reviewing on-campus dining facilities, off-campus restaurants and investigating what’s really in the Shafer Chilli.We have reviews coming soon from our staff writer’...

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...

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The Alamo: A Restaurant Almost Worth Remembering Words and Photographs by Seth BirkenmeyerThe first thing I noticed after parking my car across the street from The Alamo, a barbeque joint located in Church Hill, is its charming outdoor setup. It seems to radiate southern hospitality as much as its slow cooker exudes smoke out back. A closer inspecti...

SWEET SPOT: Proper Pie satisfies sweet tooth

SWEET SPOT: Proper Pie satisfies sweet tooth Amelia HeymannContributing WriterWhen you hear about Proper Pie, it makes you think of pastries with flaky crust, set upon white lacy doilies.  While the former is true to its nature, the latter is not.Proper Pie is a hole-in-the-wall on east Broad with a nothing but a few tiny tables and a counterto...

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Getting Carded at Kroger Daniel ParkerContributing WriterA man with no store card in this day and age is naked– at the mercy of higher prices and unfamiliar aisles. I made that mistake before– laundry detergent at full price at Kroger’s, the cashier’s sneers as I showed up without a card.The idea behind a store card is loyalt...

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Pizzapocalypse: Can DiCarlos Top Christian’s? by Seth BirkenmeyerPizza is quintessential part of pretty much every college student’s diet. We as a group are usually strapped for cash, frequently intoxicated and always hungry. Those are things that go great with pizza. But there are so many options to choose from, and at a certain point i...

Valentine’s advice for a foodie

Valentine’s advice for a foodie Video by Shannon Minor and Margaret Carmel.Shafer’s Unwanted GiftCort OlsenExecutive Editor of INK MagazineEvery single student at VCU knows the consequences for going to Shafer Dining Court, yet, time and again, we continue to swipe that VCU ID at the door.If you haven’t eaten all day and you know y...

BIGS’ big transformation

BIGS’ big transformation Photo by Cort Olsen.Cort OlsenEditor-in-Chief of INK MagazineRemember late last year when people would hang out between band sets at Strange Matter and a man would come around promoting this small barbecue restaurant? It opened up right next door, and it’s called BIGS BBQ.BIGS definitely had people doing double-t...

Students React to Commons Renovations

Students React to Commons Renovations Words by Lauren N. ColieImages by Scott PorushVCU gave the University Student Commons a facelift this summer, conducting a full renovation of the Park Place Food Court. The most obvious alteration is the replacement of Zoca with Taco Bell, but students are noticing other changes.Sophomore Josh Klimmek said that,...

Asado Wing & Taco Company: Let’s Taco Bout It

Asado Wing & Taco Company: Let’s Taco Bout It Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetContributing Writer: Caetlin McFadden Asado is a bold new twist on the classic Tex-Mex that we all know and love. Located on the corner of Broad and Laurel, the cozy restaurant screams urban rustic Richmond. With its tin pressed ceilings and classic ...

821 Cafe: Less Than Meets The Eye

821 Cafe: Less Than Meets The Eye 821 Cafe: Less Than Meets The EyeBy Samuel Roots821 CafГ© is a model VCU diner. Loft feel. Brick walls with paintings. Vegan friendly. Everything one would expect from a restaurant locatedВ a few blocks away from the university. However, what the restaurant has in style it lacks in originality....

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Brux’l Café: A Bourgie Belgian Brunch Words and Photographs by Taylor ThornbergIf you’re attuned to bright colors, you can’t miss Brux’l Café, one of several new restaurants on West Main Street. The outside sports a large red, yellow and black awning in between mostly pastel-colored buildings, advertising Belgia...

Raising Cane’s, IHOP and Croutons: One Tough Call

Raising Cane’s, IHOP and Croutons: One Tough Call Words and Photos by Michael PascoOn October 24th, 2011, VCU introduced a new dining facility labeled the Laurel and Grace Place (which is something I doubt any student would actually say) right by most of the freshman dorms.Weeks before they were ready, I knew I wanted to try all of the establi...

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 ...