After perfecting their craft over more than a decade, the chefs of Fireside Catering established Fireside Eatery inside Hotel Mount Pearl. Here, they whip up a menu of comforting breakfast and lunch fare such as omelettes, pancakes, burgers, and cod dinners, as well as regional favourites including breakfast sandwiches concocted from deep-fried touton, egg, and bologna or chicken paninis drizzled with traditional Newfoundland dressing. They sling quick lunches during the workweek to satisfy busy business types, and they serve breakfast all day on Saturday and Sunday, holding diners to a strict dress code of flannel pajamas and pillow-creased faces.
Voted Best Place to Play Pool by the Scope, Dooly's encompasses a sprawling billiards hall brimming with upscale pool tables. Mellifluous tones travel from a stereo system toward ear trumpets as players wage one-on-one billiard battles and attempt to pocket a secret target during games of pea pool. At the bar, a stream of Molson draft rains from the tap and tops off a pitcher of beer perfect for quenching the thirst of highly concentrated nine-ball players. Players watch TV and exchange respectful head nods while lounging on sofas in front of a fireplace after games, as their doppelgangers play video games and both classic and modern board games. Though not included in today's Groupon, Dooly's serves up an assortment of wine, snacks, and eats.
Under the guidance of owner Cliff Small, the chefs at Smitty’s of St. John’s and Mount Pearl add classic Newfoundland dishes to the restaurant's vast menu of family-pleasing fare. Sizzling pairings such as the deluxe surf and turf combine an 8-ounce charbroiled striploin with three bacon-wrapped scallops and three garlic-sautéed black-tiger shrimp ($19.99), which silence stomach growls so the rest of the body can rehearse its jug band ditties. Fresh seafood abounds, such as a half-pound of pan-fried cod ($13.99) and the calamari platter of breaded squid ($10.99), both caught in nearby waters. Lighter bites include sweet-potato fries ($7.19), a fuelling nosh that aids guests in surfing the restaurant's free WiFi or penning this generation’s defining dog-cat buddy comedy at one of Smitty's cozy tables.
Wok Box was founded in 2004 in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, and successfully expanded to 60 locations throughout Canada by offering fast pan-Asian cuisine full of nutritious ingredients. The menu ornaments chopsticks with Thai, Indian, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine, and some of its options follow the Health Check program guidelines put together by the Heart and Stroke Foundation's registered dietitians. At every location, patrons delight in chicken, beef, and vegetables clinging to jasmine rice and noodles while watching flat-screen TVs and celebrating this Chinese New Year, the Year of the Heffalump.
The stained-glass windows inside PJ Billington's sunroom cast vibrant orange and yellow shapes across table-scapes awash in blue from a skylight overhead. Their complexity stands in contrast to the food, whose crisp simplicity is a refreshing take on pub and grill staples. A review in the Telegram speaks to this unpretentious elegance, praising dishes from the "tastiest, freshest bruschetta in the city" to the pea soup and the surf 'n' turf—a mix of strip loin, sautéed shrimp, and bacon-wrapped scallops.
The menu cherishes straightforward presentation with a focus on flavour. The flatbread pizzas aren't overloaded with toppings, chefs cut the Angus steaks in-house before expertly flame-broiling them, and the 8-ounce salmon fillets derive their rich taste simply from roasting on a cedar plank. From its nook inside the Ramada St. John's, the venue also serves breakfast until 11 a.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends, giving late risers a chance to enjoy a Meat Lovers omelette or load the cannons of their blanket fort with sausage.
Inside Manna Bakery, posters and cardboard cutouts of an aproned, bonnet-wearing grandmother—their mascot—watch over glass display cases packed with breads from irish soda to german dark rye. In the 30-seat dining room, deli sandwiches stuffed with knackwurst and salami join soups, salads, and upscale Belgian chocolates from Daskalidès. Staffers also arrange platters of breakfasts, sandwiches, and desserts for sharing with large groups, and a display of red, yellow, and blue Le Creuset cookware can also entice diners to create toothsome meals on their own.
Just down the road from the southeastern coast of Conception Bay stands Outport Restaurant and Pub, a local hangout and culinary destination whose chefs find inspiration for their many seafood entrees in the local waters. Lively chatter fills the dining room throughout the day as guests sit down to lunches or dinners of prime-rib steak, roasted turkey, and Newfoundland cod cheeks. Outport certainly has no trouble earning the “Pub” in its name, supplementing its steak-house entrees with traditional country fare such as liver and onions. Other pub staples include wings, draft brews, and bartenders who occasionally slip into long-winded dramatic recitations of Ulysseys.