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Qdoba, Chipotle and Moe’s each serve an assortment of delicious Mexican fast food, but despite the similar cuisine, each restaurant has its perks and deficits. The real question is which Mexican takeout restaurant is truly the best in Blacksburg? As far as determining the winner, there are t…

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One of the many blessings that comes with attending a university with such an acclaimed dining program as Virginia Tech’s is also one of the most necessary: the coffee. Students living on campus have access to such quality brands as Peet’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Au Bon Pain when a caffeine kick…

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Many of us have been there: It’s approaching two o’clock in the morning, and we become afflicted with a sudden urge to go out and eat something, whether it’s all-night exam prep or a night out with your friends. However, for the 24,000-ish of us non-freshmen who can’t simply grab a bag of ch…

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If you live in Blacksburg, whether as a student or a full-time resident, you’re probably at least somewhat knowledgeable about the downtown bar scene. As someone who enjoys a good night downtown, I have my own personal menu of favorite things to order at most restaurants.

This may be the last thing you ever think about in your time here at Virginia Tech, but you have to have wondered at least once: What’s the best source of water here on campus? Is it Hokie Water or is it the rain?

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When you think of Virginia Tech, your immediate thought isn’t “a drinking school”; it’s more likely “the school with engineering,” “a mascot that looks eerily like a turkey,” or “terminal wind.” Despite the number of in-town bars barely reaching double digits, Blacksburg can offer a good tim…

Let’s face it: studying is hungry work. “Brain food” is a not just a clever turn of phrase that your parents use to make you eat carrots. With exams coming up, doomed to return at the end of every semester like a seasonal monsoon, getting your snack on will go a long way towards making sure …

In my time so far at Virginia Tech, one thing I have come to appreciate is the food. If you spend a few days trying out food on campus, you will understand why Tech consistently ranks in the top five colleges in the nation for on-campus dining. That said, one thing I can’t help but notice is…

I was told by multiple upperclassmen to purchase the smallest dining plan when I came to Virginia Tech as a freshman. I was promised to have “so much money” left over at the end of the semester and that I would “never” run out of funds. I am not sure if food prices went up or if those upperc…

Many of you may have seen a funkadelic, tie-dyed bus driving around Blacksburg this semester. If you look at it closely, you’ll notice that the license plate reads “TEAJAM,” and a logo with a sprouting plant and rising sun adorns each side. This is the bus of the newly opened tea shop on Nor…

If you’re new to the Blacksburg community and have an ever-present affinity for that next cup of joe, you’re in luck: Blacksburg has some of the highest quality and most diverse coffee shops this side of the Virginian Appalachia.

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Whether it is warm or cold outside, you can usually find me at a booth in Deet’s Place. The delicious aroma of coffee and soothing lighting makes Deet’s the perfect spot to study or to hang out with friends. Considering all of the delectable pastries Deet’s has to offer, you probably will no…

Ramen is roughly 33 cents per meal. There are multiple flavors of the college classic, and it takes the intellect of a chimpanzee to make it — though I’m positive it’s the cause of multiple dorm room fire alarms. Sure, ramen noodles are good, but if you’re ridiculously cheap and constantly n…

As a former Starbucks barista, I’m all too familiar with the pumpkin spice craze. I’ve taken hundreds of orders for the seasonal drink and made thousands more — but I’ve never actually tried one. Almost all of my friends are constantly drinking the infamous latte and they’re always gushing a…

I first heard about Hilltop Grocery from my Literature and Ecology professor. On multiple occasions she would mention the grocery store on the side of US-460, about nine miles northwest of Blacksburg, and its amazing doughnuts. I knew after about the fourth mention that I needed to go check …

There comes a moment in every person’s life when they feel like they finally have it all figured out. Even for a split second, nirvana is achieved. For me, it was when I discovered microwave steamers over the summer.