Newfoundland’s traditional grub is something called a “boil up,” a fishy, brothy clambake of sorts that is best served over an open flame in the woods. But if you prefer to eat indoors when it’s below freezing, try Gitano's (Millbrook Mall, Corner Brook; 709-634-5000). This odd place gets its name from the Spanish word for “gypsies,” but it’s actually a forties-style New York supper club, complete with live jazz and a piano bar. Canadian musical phenom Allison Crowe moved to Corner Brook last year and recorded part of her album right here.
Also in Corner Brook, casual Sorrento’s (18 Park St.; 709-639-3555) features real homemade pastas and surprisingly good pizzas topped with fresh mozzarella, all with an Eastern European influence.
The Glynmill Inn (1B Cob Ln., Corner Brook; 709-634-5181) houses two restaurants and a pub, making it a hot spot by local standards. The seafood-heavy Carriage Room offers true local specialties like crispy fried cod’s tongue. And the bar, King Henry’s Pub, is a cozy après-ski spot with happy-hour deals every day from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (and with ice-cold Molson on draft, of course).