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Merla-Mae Ice Cream

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346 Memorial Ave, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 3Y3, Canada
(807) 344-7887
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Saskatoon, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I couldn't tell it's age from outside the building. All I had was a soft ice cream and it was good. In the top 5 best of my limited lifetime. It seems really popular to the locals and if it's been around for that long then it must say something. Worth a check out. Cheers.

Thank ironhorse32
Cowichan Bay, Canada
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Merla-Mae has been around for more than 60 years and it continues to be great. The hard ice cream is made on site. The fries and onion rings are not pre-frozen. Great value for a quick meal or snake

Thank MarlenaHe
Thunder Bay, Canada
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151 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Merla-Mae is a Thunder Bay institution going back to the early 1950s. It is very popular and busy when the weather heats up, and the parking lot can be very crowded. It is likely a profitable business, and for several years there would be a very nice Porsche parked at the back when it was open. There is a similarly... More 

Thank SeanOden
Boston, Massachusetts
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114 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My title refers to the fact that the owner of this establishment is dishonest, and has no respect for Americans. I read the Tripadviser reviews, which were decent, mostly based on the quality of their soft serve ice cream, which isn't even on our radar screen. We were camping nearby and we wanted dessert after a lovely dinner, and we... More 

Thank whaleboy1
Aurora, Canada
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80 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great spot to get a quick cone. Loved the twist. Staff were fast. Only downfall nowhere really to sit if its even remotely busy.

Thank Kiefer75
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The soft serve was a different flavor. In America it tastes more like milk. This soft serve had a malted milk taste to it. It was very smooth. For Americans, it is better to have cash. Can't use USA cards. The American cash is used on par.

Thank Diane-Arlan B
Winnipeg, Canada
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

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 July 5, 2016

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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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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6 reviews
5 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 

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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
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 346 Memorial Ave, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 3Y3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Thunder Bay
  • Phone Number: (807) 344-7887

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