by Dave Argento ’21 A&E Staff
The stay-at-home orders Providence College administration issued to off-campus students completely shifted everything that daily life entails. Considering the new circumstances, hundreds of students began to question where their next meals would come from. The option to have a $30 per day allowance of PC Cash presented more eating options for those barred from dining halls and grocery stores. With three delivery choices to use the PC Cash on, the menus of Big Tony’s Pizzeria, Golden Crust Pizza, and Providence Burger Bar have become increasingly familiar. Weeks of ordering out nightly have revealed some key tips to getting the most out of your $30 allowance.
Big Tony’s has been one of the go-to late night delivery options for many years as its extensive menu always has something to treat a late-night craving. The clear move for anyone that can eat their fair share of ’za has to be either the “Bada Bing Special” or the “Three Don Deal.” The Bada Bing is the perfect value play with 20 wings, a large cheese pizza, and a 2-liter of soda for $26.99. The “Three Don Deal” goes heavier on the cheese with three full size medium cheese pizzas for $19.99. Big Tony’s also offers some healthier options in their dinner plates and sub sandwiches. Honorable mentions must go to the calzones that can feed a small village for roughly $12-15 and leave you smiling for days.
When pizza choices are brought up at any hangout, the age-old Big Tony’s and Golden Crust debate is more than likely to get some passionate pizza-lovers steaming. With Golden Crust’s prime real estate on Oakland Avenue, off-campus students know the lip-licking smiley face logo anywhere. Although stumbling students cannot make the trek in person, this delivery option shows promise with its prime specialty pizzas and economical side orders. The pizza specials, all within the $10-20 price range, offer great sizing options for all appetite levels. It is hard to resist a side order of garlic cheesy bread with marinara sauce for just an additional $4.45. Golden Crust matches up well with Big Tony’s on the value scale, so the decision ends up being where your preferences lie on the pizza scale.
The latest addition to the PC Cash potentials was the sleek Providence Burger Bar (PBB). When you have eaten far more pizza than your parents would ever condone, the wide variety of options at PBB just hit the spot. The go-to play here is ordering a burger meal for dinner and any other meal that catches your eye for tomorrow’s lunch. The “PBB All The Way” and “Lone Star State” burgers are standouts with their sweet sauces and savory beef patties. The biggest surprise you will find at PBB is just how good the Mexican options are. For an American burger bar, the quesadillas at the $8-9 price range will pleasantly surprise anyone looking for a change of pace from the classics.
Stay safe and happy eating!