The Canadian City of Thunder Bay
We think that one of the ‘cool’ sounding names when discussing Canadian cities is Thunder Bay, Ontario. Although it is kind of in the middle of nowhere – deep in the northwest, between two major city hubs: Toronto & Winnipeg – it has a rich history and is a worthwhile stop on any cross-Canada road trip. Thunder Bay is actually an amalgamation of two historic cities: Port Arthur and Fort William. Even today, locals refer to these names when giving directions to either side of town.
Eating Your Way Through Fort William, Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay holds a special place in my heart, as I had the fortune of growing up in such a rustic and culture-rich place, which I called home for many years. My favourite part of taking a flight to visit friends and family in Thunder Bay, is the amazing amount of local restaurants and delicious meals to enjoy. On the Fort William side of town, here are my recommendations to make sure you have an amazing culinary experience. I’ve got you covered for Breakfast, Lunch, Supper and everything in between.
In The Morning…
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not do it right. There are some great local places to start your day off on a nice note. I recommend a Greek-themed restaurant called Naxos. It features all-day breakfast items and a great lunch menu. Since we are talking breakfast right now, my suggestion is the cinnamon bun French toast if you are looking for something sweet. Also check out the breakfast scramblers if eggs are more your style.
An Afternoon Snack…
Perhaps you’ve spent some hours exploring the town and seeing the sights and you are looking for an early afternoon meal. Check out another local gem called Up In Smoke. This place has a completely unique environment with a cuisine you would not expect to find in Northern Ontario. Featuring a décor and menu reminiscent of New Orleans, you can tickle your taste buds with some Lobster Bisque, Shrimp Gumbo or pasta jambalaya.
If you are on-the-go and don’t feel like a sit-down meal, try a quick yet delicious option called Man vs. Meat. This simply-designed sandwich and soup shop really gives you some value for your dollar. You will be sure to fill up on any number of specialty sandwiches offered in hungry-person portions.
An Evening On The Town…
Where has the day gone? It’s now time for dinner. Thunder Bay offers many of the popular choices, but we’d like to take you somewhere special. Looking for something elegant where money is no issue? Try the Caribou Restaurant & Wine Bar. Tons of delicious apps, wood-oven pizzas, and several delectable mains are available. The maple salmon and the breast of pheasant are can’t-miss options. If you are looking to keep within a budget, give Handu BBQ, a Korean BBQ spot, a try. There is an all-you-can-eat option where items are continually brought to the table, which contains a built in BBQ. Have fun socializing while you cook-up your own pork, chicken, fish and veggies in a one-of-a-kind environment.
Still Hungry? Perhaps Thirsty?
If all you are looking for is a night cap for the evening, check out Cheers Pub which often houses live local music. This establishment offers a casual environment with some local ales and bites. If they are in season, be sure to try the pickerel bites.
Stay Tuned for “Eating My Way Through Thunder Bay: Part 2” next Wednesday, where Chris eats his way through Port Arthur!