In what has become a yearly tradition, The Georgia Straight recently released their 2014 Golden Plates Readers’ Choice Winners. The categories range from “Best Pub” to “Best Restaurant to Cure a Hangover” to “Best Restaurant for a First Date with Somebody You Met Online,” but there were also a couple that related to UBC. And the results were interesting.
Best Place for Food on Campus
- Mahony & Sons
- The Delly
- Pi R Squared
Let’s just skip the first two right away and fly right down to number three. Pi R isn’t even the best pizza place on campus (that honour goes to Mercante, or possibly Fresh Slice). It’s basically the place you go to when you’re in a rush, it’s the only place open (which it typically is on weeknights and Sundays), or don’t give a shit about your diet. Sure, some of their pizza is pretty good, but for every tasty slice of pepperoni there seems to be a slice of “dump whatever ingredients we have in the back” that is undercooked.
The title of the section doesn’t specifically refer to the quality of the food, so maybe its podium position was heavily influenced by its convenience and speed. However, there are places on campus that are nearly as quick and taste as just as good. The Gallery, Bernoulli’s Bagels, Honour Roll — even The Moon is possibly better. And that doesn’t even consider the places in the Village.
As for the other two, yes Mahonys probably has the best quality of food on campus, battling it out for that honour with Sage Bistro and perhaps Koerner’s new menu. But what students actually go there? Its menu is way above most students’ price range, as even a pitcher of beer is much more expensive than it needs to be. However, the category doesn’t specify that it is the best place for students to get food, and the restaurant is a much more popular destination for faculty and staff. So I guess that was the opinion that won out.
With the silver medal winner, it’s glad to see that The Delly received some well-deserved recognition. Every weekday they offer a great variety of hot and cold foods for reasonable prices, and you can get the food relatively quickly as well. You could perhaps call it a bit of a hidden gem in the basement of the SUB, although when it’s Cheap Delly on Fridays after 3 p.m. it seems that half of campus swarms there to pick the shelves clean.
Best University/College Pub/Lounge
- Koerner’s Pub
- Mahony & Sons
- The Pit Pub
With only four bars on campus, it looks like The Gallery drew the short straw in this category. With the absence of Koerner’s last year they were slotted in the third spot, while Mahonys and the Pit each bumped up a ranking.
For the food, the top three remains unchanged from last year. Two years ago the Delly took home top honours, while the now-defunct Pendulum came second and Pita Pit came third. I don’t know what’s worse to have on there, Pita Pit or Pi R Squared…(also happy Pi day.)