July 1, 2002
Outside the exterior is unimpressive, but inside the food will impress the most discriminating taste buds!
Wonderful aromas wafted over to greet us as we entered through the door. Looking around, we saw white linen tables set against the backdrop of deep plum walls surrounding a large open brick oven in the middle of the restaurant.
An attentive, pleasant waiter seated us in a cozy booth and promptly brought us water in goblets while we agonized over the delectable choices on the menu. After ordering, he brought us a complimentary appetizer of hummus and hered bread while we waited for our Caesar salads.
I have to say that the Caesar salad alone was worth the visit to the Caribou. A perfectly balanced mixture of greens, dressing, and homemade croutons was placed inside of four crispy tortilla strips (generously spiced) artfully arranged into a square. Large shavings of a bitter, but intriguing, Scandinavian cheese called Lippe accentuated the finishing touch on the salad. I savored those flavors–because it was the BEST Caesar salad I have ever tasted.
My grilled salmon served with a bed of seasoned rice and julienned vegetables was quite flavorful, but my spouse hit the jackpot with his entree–chicken breasts stuffed with roasted papers, spinach, cheese, tomatoes and spices were served over herbed mashed potatoes. Scrumptious! (Honey, can we trade–just this once–pretty pleeeease?)
A complimentary cordial brought the end of our meal to a perfect finish. Absolutely no room for dessert. It was a relaxing, romantic place to dine with friendly wait staff who never dashed around in a hurry. A slow pace was encouraged and we slowed down to savor our dinners over a two hour affair. At no time did we want for anything. Our waiter was impeccable.
If it weren't for the 20 hour drive from home, the Caribou would be one of my favorite restaurants. A wonderful date place for couples desiring a leisurely dinner and a relaxed, romantic setting.
Located around the corner from a large multi-screen movie theatre on 727 Hewitson Street in the west-central section of downtown Thunder Bay. Catch a late show after dinner, or take a short drive to the wharf and walk along the waterfront.
From journal Wonderful Place, eh, Thunder Bay