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Merla-Mae Ice Cream

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346 Memorial Ave, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
(807) 344-7887
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Dining options: Lunch, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
cheap treats great eats

A favourite place to grab a burger, hot dog, fries, ice cream treats. They offer a good variety of flavours of shakes, and feature the twin ice cream cone with chocolate and vanilla. This drive in style food venue is quite efficient in putting out the orders. There are a few picnic table outside... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
gerald l
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keewatin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Anyone who rates this place under 3 is a competitor. Merla Mae's prices are great. An Angus burger is just about 10 bucks at McDonald's and it's nothing special. Whereas Merla Mae's burgers are to die for and their homemade gelato is excellent! My fav though is their twin. I'll sure miss that through the winter. I wish they would... More 

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Thank Megan K
Thunder Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Still the place for ice cream in the summer as it has been for my 60 years of visits. All the old standards with the new gelatos. Twist cones are great!

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Thank Reg J
keewatin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

A favourite place to grab a burger, hot dog, fries, ice cream treats. They offer a good variety of flavours of shakes, and feature the twin ice cream cone with chocolate and vanilla. This drive in style food venue is quite efficient in putting out the orders. There are a few picnic table outside but no inside dining. All the... More 

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Thank gerald l
Blaine, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The burgers with their unique Merla Mae sauce (Think coney island sauce on a burger) were fabulous, tender and reasonably priced. You drive up, then stand in line at the window for you food. The banana split was wonderful, and my friend had their home made gelato. Don't miss this place if you want to remember a drive in from... More 

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Thank Ts04935
Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Stopped by for a quick burger for lunch. They had a 2 burger special for $8, which worked well for myself and a colleague. The burger itself was decent - quite tasty and flamebroiled, but nothing too special. I had a cheeseburger and my colleague had a Merla Mae burger (which was basically a cheeseburger without cheese). We were offered... More 

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Thank JCnSK
Thunder Bay
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111 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Excellent flavours and great icecream. Thunder Bay original. The burgers with their special sauce are pretty good too.

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Thank world_MD
London, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Was in town on business waiting for a bus and decided to get a milkshake while I had to stand and wait, what a great decision that was! Can't wait to come back.

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Thank 98Dan
Thunder Bay, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The ice cream at Merla-Mae is very good, and the cones are a very good size, but find they are rather on the expensive side, so only go there about once a summer. The service is very good and the staff seems to be very polite.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Best soft serve, good food too. Has been around FOREVER!! Summer must-visit in Thunder Bay. Twin soft-serve cone is great, really good butterscotch sundae too.

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Thank smithspartyof5
Thunder Bay, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Hi. I first had their chicken sandwich in 1975. I love it. We went today for the first time this season. I'm not sure if they've changed the supplier, but the chicken burger seemed to be of poor quality. Both my husband & I threw away some of the french fries. We used to like them. Today they didn't taste... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 346 Memorial Ave, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Thunder Bay
  • Phone Number: (807) 344-7887

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?