Blue Bird Cafe
Plantain chips emerging erect from the Jivin Jerk Bowl (spicy tempeh and lots of veggies) show that this isn't just another coffee place. Sure the java is good but the long veggie menu makes for fun exploring. A Cathedral Village anchor, it has a fine patio out front.
Dark and a little clubby, this casual restaurant has a broad menu that features steaks, burgers, pasta, salads and much more prepared well by the sure-handed kitchen. There are no surprises, but then again that's a compliment. The bar is a popular after-work spot.
At this literal hole-in-the-wall with vinyl booths, the roar of woks competes with the cheerful chatter of patrons. Excellent Asian food (from Korea across China through Thailand and on to Malaysia) pours forth from the kitchen on plates older than you are.
Stationed on a quiet suburban street, this converted Victorian former guesthouse has style. Steaks, pasta and seafood highlight the broad menu; outside on the superb patio you can enjoy casual fare like fine burgers. Don't forget to ask about the ghost.
The three-level patio here wraps around a huge old tree like a treehouse. Sharing little plates of food and good wine amidst twinkling lights is the peak of Regina romance. In winter, there's a beautiful backlit ice bar carved outside.
Located downtown in an especially impressive heritage building, this restaurant specializes in two things: wings in myriad flavors (anyone for 'garlic inferno'?) and milkshakes in even more flavors (from tutti-frutti to black licorice).
Heading north into the wild and need a breakfast that will fuel your adventure? This award-winning, unassuming joint serves up breakfast platters that are legend. The hash browns are works of art.
The throaty hiss of the espresso machine speaks volumes about Jake's. Great coffee, a hipster vibe, lots of sandwiches and baked goods; deservedly popular for a weekday lunch.
This three-story heritage house is a relaxed eatery with hearty Canadian fare that ranges from prime rib to wings. If you accidentally miss dessert, the large gift shop has fudge.
A vegetarian's delight, the Green Spot Cafe is a 100% veggie restaurant with a great menu full of healthy treats that are delicious in both a karmic and gluttonous way.