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821 Cafe

825 W. Cary St. (Cherry St.) Send to Phone
804-649-1042 | Menu
Old-fashioned meets new-wave at this distressed-looking, beloved little café-as-diner-as-pub by VCU.
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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily
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821 Cafe Restaurant Review

: Like the love child of a well-worn, down-home coffee shop and a New Age health food eatery, 821 Café feels right, whatever your mood. Sandwiches and subs are non-judgmentally sided with your choice of french fries, vegan chili, herbed orzo, fresh fruit, coleslaw or potato chips. Breakfast is served until 4:30 p.m. (smoked salmon omelet pairs well with the mimosas) and entrées run from pastas and vegan-stuffed portobellos to pan-seared pork medallions; there’s an ample beer selection; and chalkboard specials might be a teriyaki tofu wrap (the beer-battered buffalo tofu sandwich has been promoted to permanent menu status) and apple pie. The counter is great for chitchat, or there’s a rack of magazines with practically as many selections as Barnes & Noble, if you’d rather keep to yourself. Service is swell, too; a friendly waitress brings water even if you’re just sipping coffee from one of the mismatched mugs. There’s also free delivery. Stumped by the café’s name? It used to be two doors down (at 821 W. Cary St.), but moved up the block to accommodate more of its many fans.

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