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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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Winnipeg, Canada
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Such good ice-cream!! They serve very generous portions. The line will be long but it is worth the wait. They have many choices I wish I could have tried them all.

Thank RandiGirl88
Thunder Bay, Canada
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131 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There aren't a lot of ice cream, places in the city and this one has been around for many many years. Ice cream was fine, no different than any other place that serves soft serve...they could use some umbrellas. or a couple of tables on the shady side of the building as eating a soft serve ice cream in 87degree... More 

Thank MaryCarol536
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Love this place, good ice cream, quick and friendly service. Every time have a chance to be close by have my twins ice cream cone.

Thank Eva G
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Today my 7 year old son & I stopped at Merla-Mae for a treat. He had a small twin dip cone and it was as good as ever. I ordered a small onion rings($4.25) and was appalled by the stingy portion. The bag felt empty when it was handed to me. I opened it up to find a total of... More 

Thank Zeballos97
Toronto, Canada
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43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

So, every town has it's ice cream place, usually a remnant of the past that has been lovingly preserved for future generations to enjoy. Merla-Mae is that place for the Thunder Bay crowd. Like spots in Toronto, Merla-Mae is a season ice cream/burger joint that seems to have a faithful following, as every time I passed by there I could... More 

Thank oroboru
Winnipeg, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

This is a funny little ice cream stand. Open spring & summer. A very popular spot for locals. I love the soft ice cream. They also serve burgers etc, but I would go for the soft ice cream. A great summer treat. As noted it is popular & often the line up looks very long, but it moves fast. Cash... More 

Thank peglet2016
Cambridge, Canada
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124 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

This place is like going back to the 50's. Not sure if it is like that today, but I see no reason why they would want to change the decor. Prices are not too bad, but not cheap. All the Ice Cream tastes like it did back in the day when you were young. Waffle cones or regular. Lots of... More 

Thank Rick H
Thunder Bay, Canada
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76 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

Great place to stop on a hot summer day, good prices fast service and picnic tables to sit and enjoy your cold treat

Thank Daniel K
1 review
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 

Thank Megan K
Thunder Bay, Canada
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114 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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!

Thank Reg J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 346 Memorial Ave, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Thunder Bay
  • Phone Number: (807) 344-7887

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?