Veggie heaven in the Queen City
The restaurant scene in Regina has changed a lot over the last several years. There are options for every palate. Chefs are happy to accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions, so it’s much easier for people with special diets to have meals at the restaurants they enjoy. There are also some great specialty vegetarian restaurants that are worth checking out. Whether you’re a vegetarian, trying to eat healthy, or just want to shake up your regular routine, you’re sure to find something delicious at these local eateries.
13th Avenue Coffee House, 3136 13th Avenue
13th Avenue Coffee House’s mantra is “healthy, fresh and local.” Everything on the menu is prepared from scratch, from the baking to veggie burgers and rice bowls. Vegan and gluten-free options abound. The coffee house is my go-to when I’m feeling like I need something healthy. My usual is the Power Salad, which has organic mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, red cabbage, shredded carrot, toasted sunflower seeds, marinated tofu, seasoned chickpeas, red pepper and sprouts, plus your choice of dressing. How can you not feel incredible after eating that? My other favourite is the Green Curry Rice Bowl. Taking strictly carnivorous friends with you? No worries! They also have some non-vegetarian options. The coffee house is also fully licensed, so you can enjoy a beverage with your meal.
The Green Spot Café, 1821 Hamilton Street
The Green Spot Café is a vegetarian coffee shop located in downtown Regina. The café features 100% vegetarian food, coffee brewed from specially selected beans roasted in their own roasting facility, muffins baked fresh in-store daily, a variety of homemade quiches, grilled sandwiches, soups, sushi and more. They also offer a full gluten-free menu. What makes The Green Spot unique is that instead of using traditional vegetarian proteins, such as tofu, they include meat substitutes like veggie ham in their cooking. During our latest visit, I chose the Sundried Tomato Grilled Sandwich with a Green Spot Salad, and my partner had the Veggie Chili Soup and Mediterranean Quiche. Of course, I couldn’t resist some of their incredible baking for dessert. I was tempted by the pumpkin cheesecake but opted for a dark chocolate chunk cookie. Yum!
Hunter Gatherer Vegetarian Diner, 1221 15th Avenue
One of the newest restaurants in Regina, Hunter Gatherer Vegetarian Diner serves traditional diner food with a vegetarian twist. You’ll find the same comfort food, such as burgers and fries, eggs and hash browns, milkshakes and rootbeer floats, just with no meat. And you won’t even notice the difference. We went for breakfast and had The Ringer – an egg fried in an onion ring, plus cheese, tomato and lettuce on a bun, served with amazing double-fried, cubed hash browns. Hunter Gatherer has, hands down, the best fries in town. Even your staunchest meat-eater won’t be able to argue with that! While they’re eating the fries, get them to try The Usual burger, a super tasty cheeseburger made with a bean patty.
The Meating Room, 410 Dewdney Avenue
The Meating Room is another new player on Regina’s restaurant scene. As you may have guessed by the name, they do serve meat. In fact, that’s probably the first thing you’ll see when you walk in, as various meats are roasting on spits behind the counter. But they have such a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options that they have earned a spot on our list. Specialties include organic juices and smoothies, pitas, salads and hot bowls. You can choose from the menu or build your own. Bread is baked fresh daily and herbs and microgreens are grown in the restaurant’s Urban Cultivator Fridge for all to see. I had a Greek salad with tofu and my partner had a Middle Eastern falafel pita. They were both fantastic, and the portion sizes are generous. Our young companion had a chicken pita and enjoyed it as well. This is the ultimate crossover restaurant – there really is something for everyone.