Who do you think does breakfast best in the city?
Let me start by saying I am far from being a breakfast aficionado. I rarely go out for morning grub, however, I did have the chance this past week to visit Breakfast Bistro in Regina’s east end and must admit, it was delicious (I had the sriracha bennie by the way). It definitely made me think of frequenting breakfast joints more often.
Since my experience is so limited, I put the call out to my friends via social media to share which restaurants excel in the early a.m. delivery of delicious nosh. After all, word of mouth is the second most reliable source of information in the absence of personal experience.
So this is what I heard:
Mr. Breakfast, Nicky’s Café and Fresh & Sweet.
These are the three restaurants that ranked the highest in my informal poll. Let me tell you a little about each.
Mr. Breakfast. On this list it can be easily said that Mr. Breakfast is hands down the most unassuming breakfast spot in the city. Don’t know where it is? Well, this little gem has been at its north Albert Street location (1247 Albert Street to be exact) for as long as I can remember.
What to expect? A no frills atmosphere with well-priced breakfast options that taste great. It’s simple – not out of the ordinary, but in the same respect, you can rely on and enjoyable breakfast in a cozy atmosphere. And that is the key to Mr. Breakfast. Don’t be shocked if there isn’t an open table - Mr. Breakfast’s regulars are fiercely loyal.
Nicky’s Café. Now this wasn’t a surprise to me and is in fact one of the few spots I have been and can totally concur that warrants return visits. This family run restaurant is always hoppin’ and it is a spot where (you guessed it) – many families meet for Sunday morning breakfasts!
I dare you to go in and not order a cinnamon bun. I bet you can’t do it. Or rather, why would you not want to? Nicky’s offers a warm and unpretentious environment with exceptional service.
Fresh & Sweet may be the youngest restaurant on this list but this savvy hotspot located downtown belongs on this list thanks to its great people, atmosphere, and fun and unique breakfast offerings.
Sure you can get ‘regular’ breakfast there but if you are looking for a meal with a twist, give this spot a go.
But, these three above were far from the only mentions. In fact, there were 14 different brekky hot spots that people raved about and this is exactly what they said:
- Breakfast, it's quick, friendly service, excellent food and cheap prices.
- Breakfast. Clientele … they all are regulars.
- Breakfast. The name doesn't lie.
- Nicky's Cafe. Thick bacon and shredded hash browns.
- I do Nicky's almost weekly with my folks. Mostly for the environment and affordability.
- Nicky's Cafe has great breakfast and an amazing art collection. Lots of originals of some important Canadian artists.
- Fresh & Sweet! The food is awesome-they have traditional type breakfasts, spins on traditional breakfasts, and even stuff you can't get anywhere else! Like Chicken Waffles and Banana bread French toast! The atmosphere is awesome - you can tell people like working there.
- I second Fresh & Sweet! I don't like going many other places anymore.
- Fireside! Their food is always fresh! Good service, good price and always something new to try!
- b- small and cozy, unique approach to standard breakfast classics, great atmosphere and ran by great.
- Jack Keaton's on Rochdale. Awesome for the meat lover in your family. Spot on BBQ. Very good price. Or Sunday Brunch. Best Brisket Bennies ever.
- Breakfast Bistro on east Quance. So delicious and very friendly!
- Not necessarily breakfast, but I love brunch at Flip Bistro. Delish brioche. Mimosas. Great location. Cool atmosphere. Natural light. Really great place for a brunch date.
- Sunday brunch at Brewsters south is excellent! What made it excellent is the number of different dishes, salads, all the usual breakfast items and wonderful fresh, fruits and vegs. They usually have shrimp and sauce, whatever omelette you like. Great coffee and desserts.
- I tried the Willow on Wascana brunch a few weeks back and it was absolutely amazing! Delicious and great service.
- If you're looking of a different then the usual breakfast, Abstractions Cafe Bistro serves a great one only on Saturday.
- Smitties because my kid likes the kids French toast. I prefer Denny's though.
- Good variety. Good service. Nothing fancy just a nice comfortable atmosphere.
- The Hill Ave Caffè is really good (and super cozy - it's little more than a hallway).
*Thanks to everyone who provided me with their favourite restaurants. So Regina folks, which one are you going to try first? Do you have a favourite that didn’t get mentioned? Share it with us.