RVA Cheap Eats

RVA Cheap Eats

Richmond has plenty of delicious restaurants but which ones are worth visiting?

In 2016 Richmond, Virginia was named 'Top Destination for Food Travel" by National Geographic. While living in such a foodie city, it can be hard not to splurge on eating out. Here is a compiled list of some of the best food for the best prices.

1. The Savory Grain- Mac and Cheese $4

Across the street from what used to be a hardware store, this restaurant is tucked behind a street near the infamous Diamond stadium. The Savory Grain serves many healthier items and not-so healthy but very tasty treats. Once your are seated in your choice of indoors or outdoors the waiters serve you their delicious bread as a starter. The mac and cheese is a unique take on the traditional dish, using Vermont cheddar which makes the flavors more rich.

2. The Village Cafe- Black Beans and Rice $7.95 (V)

Once featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, this is a local favorite. Featuring breakfast all day and serving both pasta and burritos, this place has everything. The portions are a healthy size and would satisfy anyone's tastebuds. So if it's good enough for Guy Fieri and the Richmond locals, you better try this soon.

3. Lunch and Supper- BEST BACON EVER

When you can get a table at this brunch hotspot be sure to order anything that features bacon. Lunch and Supper are two restaurants with the same owner with similar menu items. This restaurant duo is almost always crowded but definitely worth the wait.

4. Don't Look Back- Shredded Beef Nachos $5 or Potato Tacos $3

We can't emphasize how awesome this place is. Most importantly, the food is so good. Like you have to sit and just think about how good the meal you just ate was. So yes, it's cheap but it is hands down the best nacho plate I've ever had. I often just order the nachos as my meal because it is so large and yummy. We mentioned the potato tacos as well because it is such a unique option for vegans. 10/10 would recommend.

5. Union Market- Chicken Taragon $8.50

Located in Church Hill, Union Market is the perfect place to stop by and purchase local food items and grab a bite to eat. Union Market has an open bar and the short menu has healthy options with most of the sandwiches made on Billy bread.

6. Bleecker St.- Hummus Sandwich $6.99

Bleecker St. Deli is great for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Their hummus sandwich is delicious and filling too. Finally, no compromising yummy food for a healthy option. Located in VCU's Business building, this is a hidden gem amongst students and locals.

7. Fat Dragon- Basil Beef $16 and a side of Green Beans $7

More of an upscale option, you can still find quality and inexpensive dishes at Fat Dragon. Definitely a trendy spot for Richmonders, this place has a unique menu.

8. Boulevard Burgers and Brew- The Cali Burger $7.95

The BEST burger I have ever had, and trust me... I eat a lot of burgers. The Cali burger features avocado and applesauce, which is something I had never had together. This tiny diner-style restaurant has many interesting combos and offers other sandwiches if you're not in the mood for a burger (what's wrong with you if that's the case??)

9. 821 Cafe- Philly sandwich $9 and French Toast $6.50

821 is in the heart of VCU, although RamBucks have yet to be accepted as payment. Despite this, the cafe is a hip place to meet and eat with friends. (Make sure to check the drawers at your table for a cute surprise.) Sandwiches and breakfast items are the most popular.

10. Sweet 95- seriously anything

A cute little ice cream "stand" next to its equally good sister restaurant. A really great stop after seeing a movie from down the street or on a hot summer night.

11. Mekong- Banh Xep

A vietnamese restaurant and a beer haven, this spot brings real flavor to each of its dishes. For any beer lovers out there, the list at Mekong is very lengthy for you to try. We recommend the fried pork dumplings, easily the best we've ever had.

12. Mary Angela's Pizza $2.50+

A really yummy and cheesy slice of pizza. Not too greasy which is hard to find, and you can tell the chef cares about what comes out of the oven.

13. Chipotle (Just kidding... Sort of)

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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A Saturday In The Life Of A Freshman

Welcome to Darty Season


Have you ever had a more stereotypical freshman's Saturday than my friends Maddie, Lauren, Jocelyn, Meg, Barbara, and I? Keep reading to see a packed day in darty season from a freshman's point of view.

9:00 am

My alarm that I meant to set for the day before goes off. I begrudgingly roll over, and turn it off, falling back asleep.

10:00 am

I finally wake up, roll, or jump, out of my lofted bed, grab my laptop, and do a little studying for my exam on Monday -- there's no time for that later today, so I've gotta get some of it done then.

10:30 am

Shower. Pick an outfit. Brush teeth. Makeup. Pack a bag of extra clothes.

12:00 pm

I walked downstairs to the lobby to meet two of my friends who were gonna walk with me to Tutweiler Hall.

12:30 pm

My friends and I at the fundraising event

Elizabeth Gainey

We arrived at Tut, met our friends, then left to go to a philantropy event at Sig Tau sponsored by B+, an organization that assists the families of children diagnosed with cancer. Their burgers and fries were top notch.

2:30 pm

The Hackberrys, a band comprised of UA students, played the event. We left to go back to Tut after a few songs.

3:00 pm

We finally got back at Tut, changed clothes, listened to music, hung out.

3:45 pm

We *finally* left for Pike (sorry mom!). You know how long it takes five girls to get ready, so don't act so shocked.

4:10 pm

Myself, super escstatic about having to wait in a mob of people to get in

Elizabeth Gainey

Have you ever arrived to a frat when it's at capacity? Yeah, around 100 screaming girls were shoving to get into the darty. It was an experience like no other, but eventually, we made our way in. It may have been in groups of two, and we definitely lost a girl to the crowd (she's fine!), but we made it.

6:30 pm

After dancing on an elevated surface or two, walking in circles around their courtyard, watching an active climb into a basketball goal, and waiting in a way-too-long line for the restroom, we decided to go back to Tut.

6:45 pm

We definitely made a stop to grab a snack or two on our way back to Tut.

7:15 pm

After realizing that none of the parties at night were gonna start until around 10 pm, we decided to watch some random YouTube videos and Netflix to pass the time. There was also another stop for snacks at the infamous Julia's on the first floor of Tut.

9:30 pm

My third outfit change of the day. We decided to leave Tut for frat row for the third time that day, too. I wanna say my total steps for the day was around 17,000? It was a lot.

10:00 pm

Best view in the house (Myself on the left, Maddie on the right)

Elizabeth Gainey

We got to Sigma Pi as the party was just starting to build up. Their band room was filled within the hour, and they had a pretty good DJ. Although the active yelling at me and my friend to get off the stage was no fun.

11:00 pm

Have you ever faked out a frat boy with a soccer ball? Well, now I can say I have.

12:00 am

After someone pulled the fire alarm on Sigma Pi, we decided to walk back to Tut.

12:45 am

My two Ragecrest friends and I decided to take the bus back because, after the stretch to and from frat row three times, we had no more walking left in us.

1:00 am

Canes chicken tenders. Enough said. It's the way to end a night.

It was a very packed, but very fun and eventful day. We pretty much hit all the spring semester stereotypes: walking along and to frat row, going to a darty, going to a frat party, going to a philanthropy event, and more. As crazy as the day was, I highly recommend trying a day like this once because you won't forget it!


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