Comfort food and a cozy feel

Don't let the name fool you—you'll find far more than pizza at Thunder Bay's Mackenzie Inn and Pizzeria

Where AJ’s Trading Post is a hidden gem, a more obvious destination stop for Thunder Bay visitors and residents alike is on Lakeshore Drive with the Mackenzie Riverside Pizzeria and Lounge. Within a 20-minute jaunt from our North Core, this is a fabulous opportunity to eat great pizza or a meal from a roster of fantastic comfort and fusion foods. You can fuel up for (or recharge from) your hike in the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Appetizers include Braised Ribs, Calamari Romano, Wings, Quesadilla, Steamed East Coast Mussels, Poutine, and Mozza Bites. Along with soups and salads there are sandwiches and hefty burgers. A special section of the menu includes ever-changing choices. As of this writing the choices are: Wild Mushroom Risotto, Pickerel Fish and Chips, Mediterranean Spinach Dip, Caprese Risotto and Pan Seared Pickerel. Special fish meals are offered on “Fish Fridays.” There is also a good selection of pastas.

The pizzas are reasonably priced and you can get a few standards along with Perogie, Surf 'n' Turf, Bacon Mushroom Cheeseburger, Mexican Inferno, Three Cheese Honey and much more with the option to build your own.

The dessert menu currently includes: Salted Caramel Infused Bread Pudding, Brandied Strawberry Cheesecake and Salted Caramel Grand Marnier Chocolate Cheesecake. Oh my!

The Pizzeria’s great veranda stretches down the length of both the restaurant and the Inn, capable of accommodating multiple families in the summer fresh air, and in warm spring and fall weather. The restaurant is spacious inside, with good-sized tables and family-sized booths in which you can trap both kids and grandparents. The lounge is expansive, bright and simply fun.

Complete with French lattice-like white window frames and large wood-panel posts, the lodge-like feel melds with the modern look of the restaurant for a friendly, rustic, casual atmosphere. The care for this kind of detail also extends to the rooms of the Inn.

From within the restaurant and inn one can see a fantastic view of distant hills, the beginning of the Sibley Peninsula. This is a great place to start an adventure in the wild or just to have a culinary experience.

About Duncan Weller

A writer and visual artist, Duncan Weller is a Governor General's Award winner who lives in Thunder Bay. You can visit his website at His latest two books are a novel, Flight of the Silk, and an expanded edition of the award-winning children's picture book, The Boy from the Sun.

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