Hoito Restaurant in Thunder Bay, ON
I now live in Ottawa but when I visit "home" I have to eat at the Hoito restaurant in Thunder Bay, Ontario. It is in a Finnish cultural centre and is located in the basement: it's not a drive-in and it surely is not a dive so it must be a diner. There is always a lineup but when you try the Finnish pancakes, mojakka or the lohiperuna loatikka you will understand why. The restaurant has hired students from Finland who study in Thunder Bay, to help them integrate, and all the local students are some of the regulars, due to the price and quantity of the food. I've seen your visits to Toronto and Vancouver but this one is definitely worth a visit. Head to Duluth, Minnesota and keep going north.