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So you think you like Mexican food? Here’s Zoca for you. VCU’s answer to the Mexican food audience. They make everything right in front of you, exactly how you order it, whether that’s a burrito or hard shell tacos. They have you covered.OPTIONSYou can have tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. Your typical fastfood Mexican type thing....

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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...

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International House of Pancakes EXPRESS It stands for the International House of Pancakes. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. The VCU location opened in October of 2011 along with Raising Cane’s and Croutons Salads & Wraps, and it has really done wonders for VCU’s food variety and convenience for freshman. It’s one of the...

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Have you heard of Raising Cane’s? Along with Chick-fil-A , Raising Cane’s competes for the best chicken and best signature sauce on campus. It really gives them a run for their money, too, especially in terms of quality, convenience and availability. The VCU location opened in October of 2011 along with IHOP and Croutons Salads & Wra...

A Guide to Shafer Dining Court

A Guide to Shafer Dining Court Shafer, the all-you-can-eat dining hall, is the flagship location for ARAMARK at VCU. Shafer can be great when someone need a lot of food fast, wants to introduce someone to what food is like at VCU, or just a place to have as much as you can eat and seat a lot of people. It can also let you down, in more ways than one...

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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Nao & Zen Pan-Asian cuisine in the most convenient location VCU has to offer. The good location makes it a popular choice for VCU students, especially as a change of pace from things like Shafer and IHOP.OPTIONSAsian-inspired food at Nao & Zen, chicken or tofu over rice with stir fried vegetables of your selection. It’s a pretty s...

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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...

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...

Laurel and Grace Place: New Dining Options

Laurel and Grace Place: New Dining Options Words by Amanda Campbell Photos by Michael Pasco  VCU Dining Services added three new eatery options for students on campus last Monday and was well received by a crowd of hungry student ready for something different.As a part of the new Laurel and Grace Place, the IHOP Express, Raising Cane’s Ch...

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The Hill Café: Small Portions for A Hungry Tummy Words and Photos by PaigeThe lights are dimmed at The Hill Café in the heart of Church Hill as I entered with excitement. It is not often I venture to Church Hill since I live so close to campus and there are a lot of food options close by. However, it is always nice to expand my food ho...

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...

Smokers: Second Class Citizens

Smokers: Second Class Citizens Smokers: Second Class CitizensOpinion by Connor Campbell (Proud Smoker)There once was a time where one could sit at the bar, have a beer and enjoy a cigarette.One wasn’t forced to walk out in the rain and cold to have a smoke. One was able to enjoy the same comforts of an establishment as the rest o...

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,...

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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...