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Carrie's Corner · Aug 29, 07:25 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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Visitor Reviews, Comment, & Responses from Owners.

  1. next time try a coney burger with 2 pieces of cheese and bacon. its unreal. i get to experiment with different combos:P
    the guy behind the counter    Aug 30, 10:26 PM    #
  2. He “the guy behind the counter” – please comment on any more of your signature dishes or recommendations. I will add them to the post.
    david    Aug 31, 12:17 PM    #
  3. Carrie’s has the yummiest fries and gravy I’ve ever tasted!

    I just moved to Thunder Bay and thanks to your blog, I found Carrie’s Corner and a bunch of other places I’ve really enjoyed.

    Your reviews have all been spot on. Thanks for putting this together, and keep up the good work!!
    jenny    Jan 13, 05:31 AM    #
  4. If you like Poutine, get a bag of Thunder Oak Cheese Curds – from Safeway in the deli section, Maltese on Algoma Ave or the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings – before getting the fries and gravy at Carrie’s

    Toss in a bunch of curds, pour gravy over and eat until you feel a blood clot somewhere in your arm, lower spine or chest. Drink a can of Pepsi and lie back until you burp.

    It is almost orgasmic!
    david    Feb 01, 12:04 AM    #
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