When you visit a place that’s as connected to nature as St John’s, it comes as no surprise that locally-sourced produce sits right at the heart of its food culture. Not only is the city renowned for its cod fishing and salt cod prowess, but the region is also pretty famous for its wild game and meat, which means that flavour lovers who visit will delight in some seriously distinctive flavours.

Every time you dine at one of the city’s amazing restaurants, you’ll be able to try another of the area’s authentic bites made from locally-sourced produce like snow crab, moose, rabbit, wild berries and cod tongues and cheeks – there really is a flavour to please every palate.

Wondering where to start? Here’s four local hot spots to tempt your taste buds and your sense of adventure:

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Mussels on the Corner

Featuring Newfoundland organic blue mussels, steamed mussels, pickled mussels, mussel and chowder, plus much more.

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Chinched Bistro specializes in handcrafted contemporary bistro cuisine. Chinched dishes are created with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and regional flavours. Using traditional methods as inspiration, chef/owners Shaun Hussey and Michelle LeBlanc create a unique menu and gourmet casual dining experience.

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Living in Newfoundland and Labrador, we’re blessed by having access to some of the best seafood, meat, and produce in the world. Having such a bountiful larder right on our doorsteps means we’re able to adopt a truly sustainable approach to fine dining – sourcing many locally-grown ingredients. Dining at Raymonds is a unique and rare treat, and was voted Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2011, by EnRoute Magazine.

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Celtic Hearth

The Celtic Hearth is filled with rich history of the years gone by, housed in a building that is approximately 150 years old. Having survived the Great Fire of 1892, it has proudly stood the test of time and has been the home of a general store, toy store, hardware store, and pharmacy. When you visit Celtic Hearth, be sure to take a moment to browse the many items on display from the former Lily’s Pharmacy.

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Published: February 7, 2019