Regina, Home to Great Food and Great Beer
I have fallen in love with Saskatchewan. I’ve now arrived in Regina and I can’t wait to experience what the provinces capital city has to offer. I’ve checked into the Prince Phillip suite at the Hotel Saskatchewan and have a few activities and tours lined up for the duration of my stay. What I am most excited to check out though is the culinary and craft beer scene. A few weeks before I arrived Top Chef Canada winner Chef Dale MacKay and his Grassroots Restaurant Group opened their first Regina restaurant to rave reviews and I have a reservation. Also high on my list to check out are two great microbreweries that keep the locals and visitors “hoppy”. Great beer and great food, I think I’m gonna love my time in Regina.
Avenue Restaurant 100-2201 11th Avenue – Avenue Restaurant is one of 2018’s Best New Restaurants in Canada and Regina’s latest addition to the culinary scene. If you are looking for a special meal you come to Avenue. If you are looking for a celebration of Saskatchewan ingredients you come to Avenue. If you are looking for the best craft cocktails in the city you come to Avenue. If you are looking for your new favourite everyday restaurant you come to Avenue.
If you think I’m in love with the latest creation by team Grassroots (Chef Dale MacKay, Chef Nathan Guggenheimer and mixologist extraordinaire Christopher Cho) then you are right. Dining at Avenue was the first thing on my agenda when I booked my trip to Regina and they did not disappoint me.
I started my dining adventure with a delicious cocktail crafted by Christopher. Then I followed that up with Steak Tartare, a Roasted and Raw Cauliflower Salad with a Caesar Dressing and a Goat Cheese spread drizzled with a honey canola oil. For me, the star of the meal was Chef Nathan’s signature Beef Wellington. To finish off the feast I had the Creme Caramel with Hazelnuts and drizzled with a locally sourced Canola Oil. I know it sounds strange but trust me it worked.
This was my first visit to Avenue Restaurant but it will not be my last.
Willow on Wascana 3000 Wascana Drive – Looking for a great dining experience with a view of Wascana Lake then The Willow on Wascana is THE place to eat at. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and weekend brunch there is nothing better after a hike around the lake than sitting on the patio enjoying a glass of wine or two and a great meal.
The menu changes with the seasons so my summer dining choices may not be there when you visit but I’m sure your choices will be just as tasty. For me, it was a Roasted Beet and Nectarine Salad with goat cheese and a pair of Cauliflower Soft Tacos and the daily soup.
Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar 1925 Victoria Ave – Within stumbling distance of the Hotel Saskatchewan, Crave KWB is a go-to spot for locals and visitors alike that want a cosy environment perfect for a glass of wine paired with a charcuterie and cheese board or a full sit down dinner meal like the Butcher’s Cut with 3 Cheese Souffle. Crave is also a popular event space in the city so it’s usually got lost of activity going on inside.
The Capitol 1843 Hamilton St – Casual and fun dining is on the menu at The Capitol. If you want live music to go with your meal and drinks this is the place to hang out and it is again only a short walk from the Hotel Saskatchewan. Hearty, elevated pub grub is how I would describe the menu. For us carnivores to snack on will we enjoy a pint the Sausage Nugget skillet is a perfect pairing. If you need something a bit more substantial then how about the Lumberjack Chop. A massive bone-in smoked hickory pork chop with roast potatoes. I couldn’t finish the chop it was so massive.
The Creek at Cathedral Bistro 3414 13th Ave – This hidden gem in Cathedral Village is worth renting a car or hopping in a cab to visit when you are in Regina. Fresh and friendly is what I would call the food and the service in this neighbourhood bistro. You have to try the housemade Beet Chips and the Roasted Pork Grilled Cheese sandwich was the absolute bomb. It never occurred to me to put the cheese on the outside. So tasty and crisp!
Here for the Beer
Rebellion Brewing Co. 1901 Dewdney Ave – Be a rebel, drink craft beer. Without a doubt, the place to go for some of the best beer in the entire city is the Rebellion Brewing Co tasting room. Daresay I call it a rebellious beer menu there is something here for every beer drinker.
My tasting flight includes a barrel aged imperial stout, an oak aged pale ales, sours, a mead and even a beer made with Saskatchewan Red King lentils. There is something here for everyone including a food menu that is made for beer drinkers. The mini corn dogs are bite-size pieces of carnival memories.
If you can’t make it into the tasting room not to worry you can find Rebellion Brewing on tap and on sale all over the city. Stock up and bring some with you. Be a rebel.
Malty National Brewing 1130 15th Ave – A true neighbourhood microbrewery, Malty National is kid and pet-friendly and they even share their space with a coffee roaster and shop. So there is something for the designated driver to enjoy if you didn’t walk or cab here.
The beer menu is ever changing so what you get today you may not be able to enjoy in a couple of weeks. My favourite was the Peach Sour which I hope they brew again when I visit. A great place for Growler fills if you want to enjoy their beer in your hotel room or back at home.