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“A Thunder Bay landmark, home cooked food but not the bargain it once was”
Review of Hoito Restaurant

Hoito Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 301 Restaurants in Thunder Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Scandinavian, Canadian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Takeout
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Whenever I'm in Thunder Bay I try to visit to Hoito at least once. For a century, this has been a tradition in the city, in the early years providing good inexpensive meals to the immigrant men who had traveled to Port Arthur to work in the timber industry or mines or in the grain elevators. It still serves the community, with good hearty home-cooked meals that are exceptionally tasty. The Finnish pancakes for breakfast are especially recommended -- very thin and broad and of a light tasty batter, they're great with syrup or whipped cream and strawberries. The main downside to this place is that you often have to wait in line to get in, sometimes quite a while if you have a larger party. And it's not the inexpensive bargain it used to be. Prices have climbed in recent years so that it's now an "average" priced place. But every one visiting Thunder Bay should try to have one meal at the Hoito.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We want to return to this area just to come back to Hoito! Their pancakes were that good. Better than good, the best we have ever had. They were fast, friendly and the pancakes were "To die for". Melt in the mouth pancakes. I read other comments that said they were slow. Maybe ours was fast because we came at a time they were not real busy. We were surprised how fast service was.
Karjalan Piirakka with Egg salad was an excellent side.
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We went here today around 12:45pm and we only had to wait in line about 2 minutes. But when we sat down it took about 5-10 minutes to put in our drink orders, then another 5-10 minutes to order our food, then at least 30 minutes to get our food! I got a piirakka and rice pudding, and my boyfriend got pancakes with eggs. Overall the food is not worth that long of a wait and we were seriously considering just paying for the tea and leaving. I probably won't be going back there for a very long time.

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Thank Kelsey S
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Our family had the best pancakes here and the piiraka with egg salad is great as well! We would definitely go back if in the area again. Quite a few finnish shops in area if interested.

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Thank rphsweet
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

We went to the Hoito on a Saturday in August around 4pm. Not crowded. I had the Finnish pancakes which were very good, as were the 4 thick slices of bacon. My husband had the sausage…it was unusual, but quite acceptable. The accompanying fries and mixed vegetables were straight out of the freezer, nothing special at all. He also got soup and dessert included--we chose rice pudding which was pretty good. The history and the atmosphere is the reason to go. You could almost sense being in the room with 50 other workmen. There is also a nice gift shop across the street along with a few other shops.

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Thank kct57
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