When we go to Thunder Bay we usually stay for two nights, and eat out both nights. We always eat at Armandos, and for the second night we enjoy the Prospector. Here you will find beef, chicken, seafood, and fish dishes. The owners of this restaurant have been in the restaurant and ranch business for 20 years, and they take pride in their beef, serving only the finest quality of Canada Grade beef, which comes from the Hockenbull farms which is located southwest of Thunder Bay. A variety of steaks and prime rib is offered. We have not tired the steaks, but the prime rib is excellent, and you can get it in four sizes, so there is a cut for every appetite. A small cut of only 5 oz., as well as an 8 oz. cut, a 12 oz., and a 14 oz. for if you have a really big appetite. Last time we were there, I just wasn’t in the mood for beef, and I ordered the walleye, called pickerel in Canada. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this fish was. I ordered it breaded, and the breading was a nice, crispy, light breading. The fish was cooked perfectly, and tasted like walleye should. All entries come with a choice of baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, homemade French fries, or rice, as well as a choice of Caesar salad or their salad bar. We have always gotten the Caesar. It is not quite a traditional Caesar, but the dressing is made in the kitchen and is very nice. This restaurant is open 4:00 daily, and only serves dinners.
Favorite Dish: I have a hard decision between the walleye or the prime rib.
If you are an able walker, Armandos is an easy walk from the Marina Park. This restaurant is open Tuesday - Saturday, and is closed on Sunday and Monday. For years this has been our favorite restaurant near the water front, serving great Italian food. Last time, however, we were disappointed, so I have down graded my recommendation from a great experience to satisfied. (see my note at the bottom of this description) Just to give you an idea of what they serve here is a list of some of the things we have eaten there: tiger shrimp scampi, breaded calamari, mussels, specialty salads, pork tenderloin in a garlic butter and wine sauce, fettuccine Alfredo, a seafood pasta, Italian desserts, as well as rich chocolate desserts. Armando is a friendly man from Southern Italy who sometime sings opera as he moves around this small, cozy restaurant, and whose photographs of his hometown decorate the walls. If you ask him he will point out the apartment he grew up in over looking the Mediterranean in one of his photos.
NOTE: Last time we were there, we were disappointed, the seafood in my sea food pasta was very small in size, and there was too much pasta, with too much garlic. My husband's pork tenderloin had too much garlic, and was over cooked, therefore on the tough side. The other couple we were with, however, loved what they had.
If you want to go for coffee at somewhere other than a Tim Horton's, I can recommend the Seattle Coffeehouse. There are several in the Thunder Bay area. Well brewed coffees and fresh pastries in a muted environment. I saw that several of the Seattle Coffeehouses offer cultural events, such as book groups and poetry readings.
Wow. This is a beautiful restaurant with some serious food coming out of the kitchen. The master chef obviously knows his way around the kitchen, and has created a menu that is orginal and inspired, offering the residents of Thunder Bay a taste of the good life that they might have once thought could only be found in Toronto or Winnipeg. I had some apprehensions going into the place - Bistro One is in an area of the city which is quasi-industrial and mostly forgettable: strip mall center. But you can't judge a restaurant by its neighbors! Admittedly, the decor indoors is muted and romantic, and I thought the service was quiet and professional. If I'm ever back in the area, I'll definitely plan a return visit here.
Comfortable bar/restaurant in the Port Arthur side of town, just a few blocks from the lakefront/Marina. Gargoyles has an interesting menu featuring designer pizzas and specialty salads. Although the space inside is somewhat cavernous, the interior of the restaurant has been creatively decorated, and you'll feel comfortable spending some time here. Thunder Bay's yuppies seem to make up the bulk of the clientele here - not that there's anything wrong with that!
"Hoito" is a "collective" Finnish restaurant that has been in existence for over fifty years. It is a local legend for its simple fare, large portions, and inexpensive prices. Originally intended to serve the Finnish immigrant community in Thunder Bay, Hoito now attracts a cross-section of local Ontario society as well as travellers who are passing through. On any given morning, the line may stretch out as the door as patrons wait for an open table.
Everything about this restaurant makes it my favourite in Thunder Bay. The wait staff are knowledgeable and helpful, the food was outstanding and the wine selection appropriately matched the foods. When you're looking for a special place - go to Caribou.
Favorite Dish: Try anything on the menu!
A recreation of an old Prospecters house .They have an extra thick cut of prime rib that you cut with a fork.The owner makes his own fresh bread and soups,the salad bar is a meal in itself.The price of 15.00 well what can I say "Kudos To Leo"
Favorite Dish: They are all excellent
A fellow sailor who always eats here when in town recommended the Scandinavian Home Restaurant to us. Similar to the Hoito, this Finnish restaurant has large portions at reasonable prices. Located near the Hoito in the Finnish part of town it is a fairly long walk from the marina, but an easy bicycle ride. This restaurant has Finnish pancakes, various breakfast items, sandwiches, desserts, Finnish specialty items, home made buns, muffins, butter tarts, pies, cookies, and cakes. We tried it for breakfast for the first time in 2003. We both ordered the Finnish pancakes and found them to be good, but not as delicious as the Hoito. If the Hoito was closed for some reason, or if we were going to spend a series of days in Thunder Bay and wanted to eat breakfast out a number of times this would be my second choice breakfast restaurant. This restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
The Hoito Restaurant has the best pancakes I have ever eaten in a restaurant. These are thin, traditional Finnish pancakes, not the thick heavy type found in most American restaurants. These pancakes are delicious, not to be missed if you enjoy a thin pancake. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Besides the pancakes you will find eggs, french toast, porridge, cereals, omelets, sandwiches, veal steaks, pork chops, roast beef, liver, ham, chicken, Finnish sausages and wieners, salt fish, Finnish mojakka, Finnish karjalan piirakka, viili (clabbered milk), pies, rice pudding and other items. We have only had the pancakes, I just can’t get past those. In 2003 a plate of pancakes and a cup of coffee cost $4.50 Canadian money. Hoito is located in the historic Finnish Heritage building in the Finnish section of town. This building is also known as the Finlandia Club, the Finnish Building Co., or the Finnish Labour Temple. Hoito means care in Finnish and the restaurant originated as an idea among the Finnish bushworkers near Nipigon. When the young single men came to town they could always find a room, but had trouble finding a decent meal at a fair price. The founding meeting of Hoito was held on March 27, 1918 and by May 1 the committee had collected $300 in small loans. So in 1918 Hoito started a tradition of hearty food, large portions, and reasonable prices. This restaurant is open daily from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, and 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday.
Favorite Dish: Finnish Pancakes, not to be missed.
The Hoito is a finnish restaurant located in the older section of Port Arthur. Most of the food is hand made and it is very cheap. If you go on a friday morning you will be sure to see many hungover students recovering from the bar the night before with coffee and pancake breakfests.
Favorite Dish: Finnish Pankcakes
Ethenic east Indian Food in very cosy and homly atmosphere. Home cooked food, Wide range of vegetarian dishes.
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Favorite Dish: Chicken Curry
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This is a finnish eatery, and a landmark in Thunder Bay history. It is a small restuarant and the interior isn't exciting, but the food is what keeps the people coming back.
Favorite Dish: Finnish pancakes. You can't leave without trying them, they are really thin (made finnish style) it is a huge serving for inexpensive price.
Strawberry's Family Restaurant
Locally owned and operated by a wonderful family, Strawberry's has a HUGE menu with wonderfully low prices and big, big helpings! Famous for their sandwiches and high-cal deserts, Strawberry's can satisfy all your late night cravings; it's open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Say 'hi' to Jimmy for me!
Favorite Dish: Everything!
This is a medieval themed restaurant. The staff are dressed in medieval period costumes and your server is a real wench. It's a lot of fun if you have a large group, and everybody gets involved in the show. The dinner and show take about 3 hours. I think tickets were $30 per person, drinks and desert extra.
Favorite Dish: No menu; everybody gets chicken, vegetables and a baked potato - and no cutlery!