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CT Cuisine: Dion’s

With the goal of creating ‘ease, simplicity, and connection amidst the hustle and bustle of busy lives’, Trail media reporters Shishyan Bhatta and Yabe Beneberu venture out to see if Dion’s is a viable option for CT students. Dion’s is a fast, casual restaurant chain, which offers pizzas, subs, salads, and soft drinks. 

  With the $4.99 student meal, Dion’s is a great quick lunch for CT high schoolers. The meal itself includes one pizza slice and a medium drink. Though the slice itself is smaller in size compared to Wild Pepper Pizza (WPP), a local competitor, the consistent, and good slice gives Dion’s an edge in our eyes. The subs at Dion’s were priced similarly to WPP, being around $8-9 for both locations, though Dions included a side and dressing, which was not offered at WPP. The quality of the subs is also far better than its competitors.

  The sub that was served by WPP was burnt in our experience and tasted odd, there was no complexity in flavor or texture, and it tasted like a bad pizza rather than a sub. The differences between the subs are contrasted by Dion’s who served us nicely made subs, as the bread was not overly toasted, and the savoriness of the meats was balanced by the freshness of the veggies. The sandwich served by Dion’s also came with many extras compared to Wild Pepper Pizza, as we got a pickle, sauce dressing of choice, and a side of choice. The pizza’s quality was also much more consistent compared to WPP, as in our experience we got wildly different slices during our visits. Dion’s always delivered with a crispy crust, melty cheese, and satisfying toppings. 

  Dion’s is one of the closest restaurants to Cherokee Trail, making it a fantastic option for time-conscious students. A trip to Dion’s doesn’t require any vehicles for most able-bodied students, as it is a 5-7 minute walk. It is a great place to grab something during the brief student lunch periods. 

  Although the service is not as quick as Wild Pepper Pizza’s ready-to-go slices, it is still swift as we got our pizza slices within 5 minutes, and our sandwiches in 7 minutes. The wait time for the subs from WPP is also considerably slower than Dion’s, which is another point for the Dion’s. Ordering from Dions compared to the ready-to-go process of WPP made us feel as though we had more freedom to order their food, as their wait time is short and there are no premade slices clouding your judgment.  

  The atmosphere at Dion’s is cozy, with wooden furniture and spacious indoors. The first thing you realize when entering is the warm-toned lights that make the place more comforting to the customer. But the major difference we noticed was the huge indoor seating Dion’s had to offer, which was a far cry from the cramped seating options provided by WPP.

  On the whole, Dions brings a complete package when it comes to the ideal student lunch experience. Ranking high in terms of taste, location, accommodation, and relative affordability for demographics of all grades and schedules. Stay tuned for the next installment of CT Cuisine where we try a worldwide sub chain, Subway, and see if it stacks up to the two pizzerias we have tried so far.


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Shishyan Bhatta
Shishyan Bhatta, Staff Reporter
Shishyan Bhatta is a third year journalism student and it's his second year in Trail Media. In his time on the team, he has reported on various topics ranging from telling stories about the community, to helping students manage stress. Shishyan has also earned recognition for his video on the school’s library renovations. When he’s not making stories about the Trail he likes to play video games, take photos, and watch true crime shows.
Yabe Beneberu
Yabe Beneberu, Editor
Yabetse Beneberu is a Senior at Cherokee Trail. With three years of experience on staff, and leading as the Video Production Editor during the 2023-2024 school year. Yabetse’s skills are predominantly in the Adobe Production Suite, from Premiere Pro to After Effects. Yabetse's main goals are to assist in producing the monthly show and help the staff with editing technicalities. When Yabetse is not involved in the journalism world at CT, he is working on projects for TSA (Technology student alliance), playing chess at Chess Club, or studying for IB (international baccalaureate) exams. All in all Yabetse Beneberu is ready to make this year the best possible year with the Digital Media staff, in creating informative and well produced content.

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