The good, the bad and the hungry.
Throughout your university career, you will make many important decisions. The world is your oyster, young frosh. The decisions you will make will vary in importance and controversy. What classes should I take? What should my major be? The Inn or the Pub? For the most part, I won’t try to answer these questions for you. You’ll figure the answers out yourselves as you make your way along this amazing journey. However, there’s lots of pressure to make one big decision and to make it quick: Kenny’s or The Wheel?! Many students feel very strongly on this subject, and hold an undying allegiance to one joint or the other. With this kind of fire and fury, figuring out where to get your late night slice of heaven can feel more like hell. This is where I come in to help you navigate through the hectic debate that you have suddenly found yourselves smack dab in the middle of. Today, I will give you the pros and cons of each iconic Antigonish pizza joint so that you can make your own educated choice as to which side of this battlefield you’ll choose to stand with. Though both of these restaurants have tons of delicious options, we’re going to focus on the one that – let’s be real – you’ll be eating the most of: the 2am post-bar drunk slice. In my opinion, any good slice of pizza can be judged by a few categories: crust, cheese, and price. Let’s get started!
CRUST. For those of you that toss the crusty leftovers, this section will be one to skip. However, for my fellow believers in the quality of crust making or breaking a pizza, listen closely. Kenny’s crust is slightly crispy on the outside, with a soft interior - much like many of your professors. The Wheel, on the other hand, has a softer and powdery crust. If you’re a fan of the soft crust like myself, The Wheel definitely has the advantage on this domain. However, not to be underestimated is the power of donair sauce. For you folks that weren’t born and raised in the east, it is a must try. It’s almost as though Kenny’s crust was made for dunking, so that’s certainly a point for Kenny’s.
CHEESE. I am a cheese addict. More is better almost always. The Wheel is where that “almost” comes in. A Wheel slice is at least 75% cheese. As amazing as that sounds, it’s not exactly as great as it seems. The cheese layering the top of your slice is about as thick as your thumb, and unfortunately that results in the cheese falling off easily in one big clump. Also, the toppings don’t really mix with the cheese. So as far as cheese is concerned I personally think Kenny’s is a better bet, but for a real cheese enthusiast I suggest The Wheel.
PRICE. A slice at Kenny’s is a very fair price of $4.75. A slice at The Wheel will vary in cost, starting at $3.75 for the classic slices (pep and cheese for example) and moving up as you get fancier. Honestly, both ranges seem fair to me. Yes, the base price at Kenny’s is more expensive but it’s also a matter of convenience… you have to pay to get that close to the Pub! Whichever place you go, bring $10 and you’ll be able to get two slices!
There are a few more things to keep in mind. Both places have vegetarian options available! Wait times on average – in my experience – tend to be the teeniest bit longer at The Wheel than at Kenny’s once you hit the counter. However, it typically takes you longer to get to the counter in the first place at Kenny’s, due to the high volume traffic coming in from the Pub. For
convenience’s sake, Kenny’s is right across from the most happening bar in Antigonish. However, The Wheel is unique in that it is not a chain the way Kenny’s is and is practically an Antigonish landmark.
Now that you have the facts, it is time to indulge, froshlings! Nothing I say will fully be able to explain the slices in the same way that a hearty bite will. What are you waiting for? Why are you still reading? Go experience the best that Antigonish has to offer and know that no matter which side you pick, you’re winning.