NEWFOUNDLAND RECOMMENDATIONS FYI -
Had the pleasure of 9 glorious days in Newfoundland this past summer. Here are some recommendations that might be of interest if you're visiting
S Johns first: - reasonable prices for the most part
K-cafe: great fishcakes (although most fishcakes in NL are mostly potato - still very yummy). Introduced to the slate of Quidi Vidi beers - YOU HAVE TO SAMPLE ALL!!
Restaurant at the museum 'The Rooms' is pretty good
Now for our best find - BEST FISH AND CHIPS EVER! Called 'Valley Convenience + Take Out' - a hole in the wall type place on 55 Linegar Avenue, Shea Heights, St. John's NL AOA 1JO. If you go, tell owner, cook, server Brenda that Aura says hi. If you love old-fashioned fried fish and chips (called 'fi and chi' apparently) with great malt vinegar and salt you will love this. And then, if this was not enough, heard from another customer - a trucker - truckers know the best places - that we must have the Southern Fried Chicken - so came back on our last day and were not disappointed. Not exactly diet fare but needed once in a while ...
If you start craving some Indian food - try 'India Gate' - excellent and very friendly service
Avoid little restaurant called Zachary's - waited forever for service and then food just 'ok'
Must if you're a real foodie - Magnum & Steins (on Duckworth) - interesting menu - had brined chicken with sundried tomato/basil pesto - really good
Then leaving SJ's and travelling on -
Bay Bulls - Bread & Cheese Inn - a B&B - very good food - if you go, a MUST HAVE is their ginger cake dessert served on top of custard - it is one of the best I've ever tasted. Incredible bread that they get fresh daily from a bakery in SJ's called George St Bakery
Roadside place near above 'Irish Loop Coffee House' - best apricot cheese cake and worth the splurge of calories
Rosedale Manor in Placentia - incredible breakfasts at this B&B - hope you get to taste some of the home made granola
ENJOY and let me know if you try any of these suggestions
I've had a couple of good meals at K-Cafe...good breakfasts there too. You should have tried to get yourself into someone's kitchen during your visit.... home cooks (or at least the ones I know) back home don't make their fish cakes mostly potato. I had fish cakes from Classic Cafe when I was home last too, and they were pretty good....although almost seemed as if they were deep fried. Still, no where near a home-made fish cake.
I've been to India Gate many times and have always enjoyed it. Even their lunch buffet is really good.
I like Zachary's - we go when ever we are in St John's for breakfast/brunch. It is a little expensive but the eggs benedict have a lovely cheddar sauce that is better than a lot of awful hollandaise I have had. The toutons are good, too, considering the best toutons are usually served in a bakery cafe.