Eating out is a natural bridge to trying new things, such as giving beets a chance or finding out that a sprinkle of ground pepper is the best way to keep a date from drinking up your milkshake. Shake things up with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of dinner fare at Smitty's, valid at the St. John's and Mount Pearl locations. This offer is valid for dinner, which starts at 4 p.m.
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.