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The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazin

10B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine - Thursday, January 31, 2002

PIZZA CHALLENGE
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Like Bellla Napoli, NYPD's pizza
- received high marks because of its high
quality cheese. It was equally as molten.
The grease stains in my notebook are a
testament to the eating experience; but it
was quite good and most everyone
agreed. The 20 minute turn-around time
and courteousness of the delivery guy
would garner extra points.
ROUND FOUR: THE REMAINDERS
The last round was a challenge to get
through. Not only were our stomachs
telling us they couldn't accommodate
much more cheese, two places on our list

of 16 were giving us trouble. First off, we
couldn't find a working telephone number
for Tony Baloney's pizza inside the In
and Out convenience store on East
University Avenue; and when we called
Backroom, (who at one time delivered
pizza), all we got were rude clerks who
hung up the phone. (On a side note,
Jimmy John's is listed in the phone book
as a place that delivers pizza. In reality,
this is not true.)
The final two places on our list,
Pizza House and Pizza Bob's showed
the extremes in Ann Arbor pizza. The
delivery giant Pizza House is known
for their pizza. Although I've never
been a raving fan, other Challenge par-
ticipants gave it good marks.

Then came Pizza Bob's.
As the delivery guy handed me the
pizza, I opened it, started laughing and
then closed it. Everyone wondered what
was so funny.
I placed it on the table, opened it and
at first glance, everyone found the
comedic value in the pizza we were
about to consume.
"This pizza is whiter than Michael
Jackson, Cullen said.
While Pizza Bob's has the best shakes
and subs in Ann Arbor, their pizza has
major issues. Like cheap plastic surgery,
the pasty-white pizza drooped to one
side, showing its flaws.
"They forgot to include the pizza
under the cheese," Taylor-Fabe said.

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We walked the pizza down to State
Street to see if any homeless people
wanted it. They refused.
In a challenge that saw a few excellent
pizzas and the majority as average, Pizza
Bob's pizza was, hands down, by far the
worst pizza creation in the city - even
worse than dining hall pizza. It's no won-
der that on Pizza Bob's coupons, the
word "more," in the phrase "more than
just pizza" is underlined.
THE FINAL TALLY: FINDING THE
BEST AMONG THE MEDIOCRE
After counting the votes, the following
four establishments showed their superi-
ority in both quality of pizza and deliv-
ery. Coming out on top, leading-favorite
Cottage Inn, received a superior rating
in "The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor
Pizza Challenge." Tying for excellent rat-
ing were New York Pizza Depot and
Bella Napoli. Bell's received a very
good rating.
Although there were a few abysmal
pizzas, the pizzas in the middle were
pretty much the same. For the price,
going to average places will yield a good
pizza experience. At places like NYPD
and Bella Napoli, you'll pay a bit more,
but you'll get a fantastic pizza.
VERY GOOD: At Bell's, you'll get a
great affordable pizza in a relatively
short amount of time. They run a pretty
efficient operation there. If it hadn't been
for the half-Hawaiian screw-up, Bell's
may have come in second. But to make
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On campus, many vegetarians have
vehemently expressed their concern for
their nutritional well-being. "In most
places, there are limited options, espe-
cially at formal events with courses,
such as weddings," said LSA sopho-
more Corrina Christman.
"A lot of times, the only thing I can
eat is dessert, which is not a good habit
to get into."
Christman cites hypocrisy and the
murder of animals as the primary
motives for her decision to become veg-
etarian. "I respect people who actually
hunt and kill their own meat, but I con-
sider most people hypocrites ... they
could never kill an animal, and they dis-
guise the meat they eat with names like
'beef' or 'ham.' I think I would eat meat
if I was really capable of harvesting my
own meat."
Other students cite religion and health
related issues as reasons for abstaining
from eating meat. However, LSA soph-
omore Shruthi Sriram is quick to caution
that these are not the only concerns.
"At first my religion (Hinduism), but
later environmental reasons, strength-
ened my belief in vegetarianism," she
said. "The act of killing and eating an
animal is not wrong in itself in my opin-
ion. It's more the artificial breeding and
mass slaughtering that does not seem
environmentally or morally correct to
me."
An obvious concern of many vegetar-
ians living on campus is the availability
of palatable vegetarian options in
University meal plans and in area restau-
rants.
"Some days it's hard, but I can always
eat yogurt, cereal and salad in the
dorms," Christman said. "A lot of restau-
rants such as Seva, Jerusalem Garden,
Mongolian Barbecue and Tio's have
good vegetarian options."
For those vegetarians who live off-
campus and are interested in cooking
healthy meals, specialty food stores like
Whole Foods Market offer variety at low
cost.

"(Many people) think our prices are a
lot higher than other stores, but in fact,
our prices are lower than other major
stores, and we have many food items
that they don't carry," said owner David
Boulette. He stresses that the store has a
commitment to "give people the option
whether or not to buy healthier food and
promoting a healthier environment."
In addition to formal restaurant vege-
tarian options, many students have rec-
ognized the appeal of vegetarian food

items offered at fast food establish-
ments. -
"(Subway's) 'Veggie Delight' is one
of the best options in fast food because
it is low in fat and is healthy," Sriram
said.
Not surprisingly, many pizza restau-
rants have followed suit and have
offered appealing vegetarian options to
the University community. "We sell
more chipatis than pizza," said Todd
Patten, manager of Pizza House.

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