OUR FIRST FORAY INTO THE WORLD OF EATING CONTESTS WAS A BUST. BUT A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL AND WE FOUND A NEW BEST PIZZA PLACE IN TOWN. RED’S SAVOY SLIDES TO NUMERO 2 AS RANDY’S TAKES THE LEAD. DETAILS FOLLOW.
SOME COMMENTS ON THE PLACE
From the history on the place’s website we learned that Randy’s was the original Pizza Man in town, and we do like Pizza Man. Over the years the name and affiliation of the place have changed but the many awards on the wall continued to grow. Did we mention the autographed photo of Tom and Roseanne? The place is small with a handful of tables and a busy take-out/ delivery business out front. A pizza buffet is served but we got there late enough that the place was ours- the five eaters and the six onlookers.
Did we mention that we were there for a contest? Randy’s makes HUGE pizzas for events and such. They also have an ongoing contest where groups attempt to eat ridiculous amounts of ‘za in short amounts of time. Doug suggested and Trevor scheduled the five-eater, 36” two-topping version of the contest. We’re not sure but we think that somewhere in the blur of minute 24 we heard that 15% of the attempts at this size are successful. We are happy to report (to our cardiac physicians) that we ended up in the 65% majority.
SOME COMMENTS ON THE HELP
Everyone there was great! Randy was more than friendly and with a great sense of humor. The younger help was very busy but always asking if we needed anything. Truly an upbeat group- seems like a good place to work. You should see them throw the pizza- oh, you can, in the video at the bottom of the page.
THE FOOD, THE FOOD
So, the guys order a 36” Canadian bacon, green pepper pizza and the women on the “support” team order what looks like an 8” one topping thin crust. As you might expect we finished a larger percentage of our pizza than they did. The pizza was very good and clearly the best we have had during these outings. Just the right amount of crust and cheese with a sauce that was great. However, by minute 18, the mind started to block all attempts at putting food in the mouth, regardless of the taste.
The owner had warned us about the wall we’d hit at 18, and he was right. We overcame the wall by thinking of non-food, non-tasty settings. Things like a plate of TOFU, Blue Moon Beer, veggie-burgers seemed to work and allowed for more chewing.
Sadly, by minute 23 we were counting the remaining pieces and dividing by five, a grim piece of math. At 28 minutes we were down to two pieces apiece, but we were also down to biting off very small pieces and chewing them well. One of us was laying on the floor, one had opened his belt completely, one had piled-up a personal collection of green pepper pieces and the rest were working up belches in the hope of making space. When the manager came back we were all waving the white napkins of surrender. beaten by pizza- demoralizing.
OTHER THINGS WE THINK YOU SHOULD KNOW
There is a Patio Town nearby with a friendly manager. There is also a DQ across the street, we did not stop. Might be good to note that Randy’s also makes enormous cookies and has contests with them as well. The video below is well worth a watch.