Munching Down at Munch-On

Jamie Heap
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Carnivore Challenge Showdown Held

Munch On Take-Out patrons Cory Ryan (left) and Nick Rushton gave into their primal urges Saturday afternoon by attempting to consume this near three-pound Carnivore Submarine sandwich prepared by the recently opened Crescent Avenue Restaurant. Ruston won the contest. Each contestant, who won the right to compete in the Carnivore Challenge by entering their name in a draw, received a framed photograph of themselves consuming the sub and a dinner for two as well.

AMHERST-Two young Amherst men went head-to-head Saturday afternoon in the 30 minute Carnivore Challenge. Named for the enormous submarine sandwich that regularly sells for $10.00 at the recently opened Munch-On Take Out Restaurant located on Crescent Avenue, 16-year-old Nick Rushton ate more of his Carnivore sub than his opponent Cory Ryan, 20, was able to. “My game plan was to eat lunch here earlier on today,” said Ryan. At about the 20 minute mark, Ryan didn’t know if he would be able to finish his sub. “This is the longest 30 minutes of my life,” exclaimed Ryan.

At the end of 30 minutes, only 1.290 ounces of Ryan’s 2 pound 10 ounce sub remained. Rushton, whose Carnivore weighed slightly less than Ryan’s at 2.98 ounces, consumed all but 1.19 ounces of his submarine sandwich.

Each contestant, who had their name drawn from a pool of other entrants, received a framed photo of themselves eating, as well as dinner for two.

Cheering both contestants on was Munch-On Take Out owner-operator Tammy Leblanc-Gordon. “We’ve been busy since the first day we opened, which was about 4 months ago,” stated LeBlanc-Gordon. “My sons  (Corey LeBlanc, 21 and Aaron Gordon, 19) were both line cooks at the Luneburg Grand Banker restaurant,” she added. “They’re currently in training to run this place. We’re looking to add restaurants next year in Truro and Halifax.”

In the short-term, LeBlanc-Gordon is looking to add more eating challenges and some desserts such as floats to the already flexible menu of the retro-looking Munch-On Take Out restaurant that contains farm-fresh meat.

 “People from all walks of life enjoy it,” said LeBlanc-Gordon. “It’s a nice retro restaurant. “We’ve had a lot of positive comments so far,” she added.

One potential monthly challenge idea that may crop up at the Munch-On as early as this October is the Volcano Challenge. In this challenge, the wraps would be shaped like a volcano, with hot sauce flowing out of it like lava.

Munch On’s hours of operation are Mon-Wed. from 11 am until 8 pm and Thursday through Saturday from 11 am until 9 pm. Closed on Sunday.

Geographic location: AMHERST, Crescent Avenue, Truro Halifax

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