St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Region -- Fish and Chips Champion
By the Beach Restaurant and Takeout, 1608 Thorburn Road, St. Philip's, telephone 709-895-8800, is the new fish and chips champion of the St. John's region. I think they close most days at 8:00 p.m., and while I'm not certain what time they open, I'd hazard to guess it's 11:00 a.m.
You'll need access to a car or you'll need a lift. A taxi ride to By the Beach is not recommended unless you're comfortable with a $30-50 cab fare either way, and taxis are hard to come by once out there. Whatever way you get out there, it's easy to find: just continue driving straight out Thorburn Road in the direction of St. Philip's until you run out of road (do not make the mistake of going up Tucker's Hill Road when you get to the fork near the end of the road; go down the hill towards the small harbour). It's good. It's very, very good. So fresh, you'll swear you can taste the sea.
Quite a few years ago, I was far from sold. I have returned twice in the last six weeks and can assure you that it does live up to the hype. Highly recommended and well worth the 20-30 minute drive out there.
re: iL Divo
casual but the reason for my trip there got called off.
I'll be going when she reschedules and as much as I know about it there is basically nothing.
I know Portabella [o] is by the water where the Coast Guard ship is docked.
Didn't want to go in there as I'd asked if they had lobster and was told no.
Velma's did have lobster but they were closed for lunch when I have been there days ago and ended up at Smitty's or Schmitty's in the Courtyard Marriott for steak and lobster.
Anywhere else in that general vacinity?
re: iL Divo
Off the top of my head, here's a few places at that end of downtown for you to Google:
Newfoundland Chocolate Company (handmade chocolates. some have local berry fillings)
Rumplestilskins (no clue if it's good anymore; we used to go there as kids)
Opidan (I think I spelled that wrong but it's the fancier restaurant in the former Hotel Newfoundland... which I think is now the Delta or Fairmont?)
Coffee Matters (good looking varieties of desserts)
Classic Cafe (basic fare, decent food)
Raymond's (high end, fine dining... make a reservation)
Fat Nanny's (next to Tim Hortons. Little grocery store. Buy some Newfoundland jam, especially bakeapple or partridgeberry)
Bagel Cafe (go for breakfast and order toutons & molasses. Mmmm)