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Carrie's Corner and The Montréal Steamé · Feb 01, 12:09 AM

I am biased. I admit it – I love Montréal. I love Montréal and the many foods I indulged in while living there. My M.O. for happiness while living in Montreal, my secret to life while there was “Gluttony and Indulgence in everything I do.” I think that is the best way to truly enjoy Montréal.

While there I stayed at a comfortably plump weight between 210 and 240 lbs. (I dropped to 185 lbs. a couple years after returning to Thunder Bay), and Montréal is often my muse when I seek new places to eat and dine in Thunder Bay.

So on to the review, again of Carrie’s Corner, while in Montréal, my favorite side dish to the authentic Montréal Poutine – VIVE LA POUTINE! – is “un Steamé avex Choux ét Moutarde.”

Elegant in its simplicity, the Steamé is a steamed hotdog with mustard and a hearty topping that is essentially shredded and pickled cabbage – choux [pronounced like shoe].

Choux on a Steamé is kind of like coleslaw, but without sour cream, mayonnaise or any other cream base, or vegetable. Choux is cabbage, but really good cabbage.

I guess if I had to approximate the choux, it would be kinda like sauerkraut but not cooked, leaving the cabbage fresh and crunchy. And for me, that is the secret to the Steamé: the pickled crunchy cabbage/coleslawish type topping – crunchy being the most important characteristic.

Back here in Thunder Bay, I have searched for a Montreal Steamé, and with due respect to the Choux, I cannot say I have ever found it in Thunder Bay, other than getting sauerkraut on a hotdog from a street vendor, which negates the whole crunchy factor.

HOWEVER! Fear not! For I, yes I have found the next best thing, and once again I found it at Carrie’s Corner!

Ok ok.. it is basically sauerkraut on a hotdog, but the preparation at Carrie’s Corner is the secret. And I can honestly say, without hesitation, it is and the closest and best approximation I have found to date, that has satisfied my craving for a Montréal Steamé with Choux – A Carrie’s Corner Hotdog with mustard and fried [it MUST be FRIED] sauerkraut and onions.

Do not forget to tell them to have the sauerkraut FRIED, or you will just miss the whole darn experience and you might as well just go to some street vendor and get cold stale sauerkraut with raw flavourless onion on a smokie,... which in its pwn right can actually be kinda good – good if you get a lot of banana peppers and extra mustard and you have been drinking a plethora of cheap draft beer all night.

So whether you are craving un Steamé avex Choux ét Moutarde à la Montréal or just want something quick and damn good to eat, GO TO CARRIE’S CORNER.

Google Map it here: CLICK

Or go to:
61 Windemere Avenue North
Thunder Bay, ON P7A 6A9, Canada
(807) 768-1104

FOOT NOTE: I am not affiliated with Carries Corner, nor do I receive any endorsements. I just like a lot of things on their menu. I would be totally sold if they used Thunder Oak Cheese Farms Cheese Curds on their Poutine, or at least gave me the option. Until then JFC (Hutches Variety) outshines anywhere in Northern Ontario for real Montreal Style Poutine.

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Carrie's Corner · Aug 29, 08:25 PM

When I think of all the towns in all the countries, I think of all those little out-of-the-way places that have been famous for generations – like Swartz’s in Montreal.

And for generations, little has changed. Little has changed for one simple reason – they got it right the first time.

Carrie’s Corner is one of those places.

I first found this deepfryer’n’grill a few years back purely by accident – fries and a hotdog all dressed was my order and damn it was great.

I always kept my eyes open for this place, but I did not know it’s name, or the twists and turns throughout Thunder Bay’s north end that I took that late autumn night had left me lost as to its exact location.

Lately, I have had this intense craving for home grown fast food and since my last review of Hutch’s Variety – now known as JFC – I have managed to put on a good ten pounds.

As I mentioned, many of Thunder Bay’s Deep Fried & Grill convenience stores close up around 8pm, and I had missed JFC by just a few minutes.

Determined to get my fix of french fries, I tried one more time to find the deep fryer that had eluded me for years.

I knew that even if I found it, the place would likely be closed, but I had a night to kill and the sun was far from setting.

After about an hour of turning here and turning there, I saw in the distance the vent of a deep fryer sticking outside of a one story building.

As I made my way down the street, I could feel my heart pounding with anticipation. I saw cars and trucks parked along the side of the building, the smell of the deep fryer causing me to salivate the closer I got, the movement of people to and fro, crossing the street and back – all signs that it was still open, and that business was good and good business usually means good food.

Carrie’s Corner has it all – everything a modern convenience store should have and a menu that is too long to mention.

The menu had everything from BLT, Hot Turkey sandwiches, perogies, cabbage rolls, breakfast sandwiches (with egg, bacon and cheese)... everything. And I mean everything for every time of the day, whether you are looking for a hearty breakfast, a light lunch or a heavy dinner. Everything so much so that I could spend the rest of my days in this town and live entirely off the menu at Carrie’s Corner.

The staff – friendly, pleasant and light hearted. When I asked what their signature dish was the guy at the counter said his favorite was the perogies and the bacon cheese burger.

On his advice I took a large fries to go with the bacon cheese burger. I also ordered a medium sized gravy that turned out to be a impressive bucket of peppercorn dark brown gravy thick enough to stick to your ribs for a week. When the fries were done, I finished the gravy with my burger and then licked the container clean with my fingers.

Fracking awesome! And what confounds me more is why people go to McD’s and other such franchises when we can get food like this just around the corner.

You can even call in your order ahead of time for pickup!

I was so pleased with the orgasmic experience of devouring their massive bacon cheese burger (with real bacon and cheese and a patty that is a true quarter pound and more AFTER cooking) that I created a new category for my blog called “Must Eats” which is places that if you do not go to, then you are denying yourself one of life’s great experiences. The Must Eats category is in dedication and to commemorate my experience dining at Carrie’s Corner.

Five Stars ***** and another five stars to boot.
Call (807) 768-1104 to order for pickup or visit Carrie’s Corner at 61 Windermere Ave North on the corner of Carrie Street.

Google Map It Here and bookmark it in your iphone or blackberry

Carrie’s Corner – One of Thunder Bay’s Must Eats!
GO THERE NOW!

UPDATE!
-Recommendations from the Guy behind the counter:
Try the coney burger with 2 pieces of cheese and bacon, “it’s unreal”

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Update: Hutch's Variety Part 2 - JFC: Some of The Best Food in Thunder Bay · Aug 07, 03:52 AM

Ok. I am a firm believer of second chances. People and places change and time is a thing that passes and with it so do the bad things. As a theory of evolution in the evolution of economics, bad businesses either adapt or die – in time.

Hutch’s Variety, now called JFC, did not entirely change or adapt, but they absolutely did improve. And as second chances go, they hit a home run in the local fast food – or I should now say good food fast – industry.

As I have before, I went out to quell a craving I had. This one was for a simple and fairly staple substance – potatoes.

Potato soup, potato chips, potato mashed, potato home fries, potato french fried, potato, potato, potato, POTATO! I had to have potato.

This could be a result of a current fasting and cleansing I was going through, or the abuse I put my body through prior to my fasting. I could be the need for brain food or just a plain old craving. None the less I had to have potato in some form.

I had been thinking for many days of a soup, but last time I tried to make a soup, I smoked the motor on my Silver Bullet blender (which is not recommended when you decide to puree several large raw potatoes – and much to my wife’s chagrin).

This horrible first attempt in potatosoupdom served as a big ol’stop sign since I still didn’t know how to make a potato soup.

I had also already been eating salt’n vinegar chips and had taken the first couple layers of skin off my tongue.

As I was driving down the road thinking for all the places I could get some potatoes, lo’n behold stood a sign that read: “Home Made French Fries”

Yes, my last experience when JFC was called Hutch’s Variety was less than positive, but along side the french fry sign, was another that caused me to hit my turn signal and cut across four lanes of traffic with oncoming traffic just a few car lengths before a green light’d intersection.

“Home Made Corn Dogs”

Daaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmnnnnn…......
Home Made Corn Dogs.

I’ll say that again, in case you are still debating on whether or not to go.

Home Made Corn Dogs.

And I will say this now, loud and clear:
JFC is one of The Best Fast Food Places in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.

The Home Made Corn Dogs are spectacular. Yes, spectacular – so much so that it is everyones sole and absolute duty and obligation to the spirit and soul to go, right now, without finishing this post to go and get a home made corn dog from JFC’s. If you hesitate and forget to go, then you will miss out on one of those things that are so great that they can only be found on one place on earth – in this universe. The only place in the space time continuum.

You see, a long long time ago, there was a big explosion, and the universe began to expand throwing all kinds of stuff all over. Atoms joined, suns lite up and burned out and finally a bunch of stuff came together in such an exact manner that the earth and life was created.

Then a little bit later JFC was created with the universe’s best home made corn dogs.

And as for my potato, I got a large bag of french fries with gravy on the side, as well as two hot-dogs tout-garni… – fully loaded.

Long blog short, Hutch’s Variety closed down for a long time, then reopened under new ownership. They cut out the fat and did what they do best – good food fast.

I will be spending the next month frequenting JFC, sampling everything on their menu including the jumbo sized corn dog and their fried chicken.

Hutch’s Variety is back as JFC! If they keep doing what they are doing they are sure to remain one of the best places in Thunder Bay to eat.

Five Stars *****
Located on the corner of Algoma and John St.
Google It and go now!

Great job to the new owners. I tip my hat.

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Waterfront Restaurant · Jun 14, 06:30 PM

Chinese foods are the main items on the menu, however, you can order other items common to Thunderbania Cuisine, such as fish and chips.

My partner in crime had the Fish and Chips, prequelled by deep fried wontons and a spring roll.

I went for the consommé soup, spring roll and schezuan mein noodles (spicy).

A pleasant dining experience all around, add to the atmosphere the variety of birds chirping away as we sat on the deck overlooking the marina; the passerbyers walking about, enjoying the cool late spring evening. With Thunderbania to the back of us, and our eyes to the waterfront, we could almost imagine we were somewhere else.

The wait staff was well timed (very well timed), polite and friendly. The food was very enjoyable.

For dining and experience, I would suggest this place to anyone on a warm summers evening, after a stroll through the marina, and to go out of your way for.

Located in the Old CN Train Station, Google Map It!

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Kangas Sauna · May 28, 05:29 PM

Not just a Sauna! They make some terrific food here. Seating is limited, but not usually packed to the teeth. The service is quick and efficient. Most importantly, there is NO deep fryer.

I highly, highly recommend the Rueben. It is great. I am not a Reuben Veteran or anything, but I do enjoy them. And so far Kangas takes the cake.

Also on the menu, regular diner fare; BLT, Sandwiches, salads, eggs’n’bacon, etc.

And the soup. Ok, you get a decent sized bowl. Most people, if having a sandwich or other item should stick to the small bowl, as it is still fairly filling. The soup, hot and hearty, in my opinion is left to simmer a little too long. It comes out a little starchy, or a little runny, and does not really stick to the ribs. But is is good nonetheless, and hot. Also, the Chilli and Toast is pretty good, but I think they use Ketchup or tomato soup as the base, as it has a sweet/sour ting to it which is not entirely to my liking.

And before or after, you can unwind with a sauna or a massage. What more could you want? in a restaurant?

I think this place is almost reaching legend status for Thunderbania. I suggest going to Kangus for a good eat anytime, Sundays after yard sale’n, and Saturdays with a hangover.

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Seattle Coffee House - Memorial Ave · May 19, 05:16 PM

Okee. These are just about the best darn sandwiches I have ever had. And they are not your conventional ham and cheese. Today I had the Roast Beef and Garlic, which comes on a whole wheat bread, with lettuce and such. This was chosen over the Turkey Thai, which was probably one of my hardest decisions of the week.

Earlier this week I had the Greek sandwich with black olives, and I have also enjoyed the Ham and honey mustard, BLT, and the humus vegetable-alicious.

Coffee is good too. The dark roast, or for the sweet tooth, the White Mega Mocha (be sure to slurp the whip cream off the top first).

An assorment of teas, pastries, a delicious fruit bottom yogurt with granola on top. Add to it the wireless high speed internet and you got a place you sit at all day working with your laptop and cell phone.

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There are four locations to serve you; the Memorial Ave is the one I frequent. I am sure the others are just as good. The one on Red River Road and Arthur Street are not shown on Google Maps.
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Thunder Bay Restaurant... a must. · May 17, 11:26 PM

Ok. Here is the place litterally for everyone. A classic diner serving all your regular fare, such as burger and fries, BLT, eggs’n’bacon, etc.

The owner will always make you feel welcome and will probably chat you up for a good ten minutes before she even hands you a menu.

And the menu! The menu is the most endearing thing about the place. It is printed out on 8.5”x11” ordinary inkjet printer paper. No laminating. No photos of make-uped burgers and fries. No images of frosty glasses of Pepsi with plastic ice cubes.

And I think there is only two of these menus in the whole place. And they are tossed form table to table, folded, wrinkled and worn.

If for no other reason, the owner, well… she is why you should go here at least once. Be assured she will chat your ear off, and tell you a joke that will have you laughing your a** off. She is the type of person that is not impressed by image, money, or smooth talking, but is impressed by genuine character and personality. And she has plenty of character and personality of her own, so come armed.

The food is well cooked and wholesome and you generally know what you are eating with each bite. The bacon comes floppy OR crispy (i love having that choice), and I highly recommend this place for lunch and, in particular, for your Sunday hangover.

The food is good, the price is fair. A must do for Thunder Bay.

To sum up the attitude of the place, after lunch one day, the owner said to us, “People won’t remember what you said or what you did. They will only remeber how you made them feel.”

...cool. Very cool.

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