Since its Toronto location opened in 1976, Yuk Yuk's has been a collective launching pad for such comedy heavyweights as Jim Carrey, Rick Moranis, and Russell Peters. All of Yuk Yuk's laugh-establishments invite seasoned jokesters and up-and-coming comedians to their stages every weekend for up to three days of high hilarity and three nights of cozy lodging atop their cocktail tables. Many Yuk Yuk's locations offer drinks, dinner, or bar fare during the show, but those interested in dining should contact their club of choice to find out about reservations.
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.
Pizza Delight paves a road of sauce-and-cheese bliss with a menu packed with tantalizing oven creations. Diners can open meals by chomping through a crouton-strewn caesar salad with romaine and parmesan, made fresh to order before Pizza Delight's skilled mozzarella magicians dish out a popular specialty pizza. Prepare for an upcoming ukulele concerto with insider notes from the hawaiian delight pizza, which gathers a luau's worth of ham, bacon, and pineapple held together by the pizzeria's signature cheese blend. The chunky vegetable greek pizza covers Mediterranean cravings with liberal quantities of feta cheese over a veggie mélange of spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, and white sauce. Other unique crust concoctions include the creamy smoked-salmon-and-shrimp pizza and the nostalgia-provoking grilled-cheese-and-bacon pie, plus classics such as the all-star meat pizza and the rorschach cheese-blot test pizza.
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.