I’m Autumn Wolf, a mom of two boys, Silas and Theo. I have been married for five years and am also a dog mom to my wiener dog, Rigby. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Human Justice and I work for the Ministry of Justice but am currently on maternity leave. I love cooking, wine, sushi and reading. Being a mom is a huge part of who I am and I am grateful to share my thoughts and opinions on all things motherhood with other wonderful moms.
Struggling to pick a restaurant that’s family friendly? I’m here to make your choice a little easier. I know that dining out with children can cause a lot of anxiety for some parents. But eating at restaurants can be fun for everyone and it gives parents a break from cooking. Give yourself a break and take your kids out to one (or all) of my five favourite family restaurants.
Fresh Carnival – 2500 Victoria Ave (McIntyre Entrance) – This spot provides a true carnival like experience (without the rides of course). From the decor to the menu, Fresh Carnival brings out the kid in everyone. The service and food make an overall great experience for everyone, and they even have vegan friendly options. Try their “Freakshakes” (milkshakes), a specialty donut or any of their other carnival themed foods (think hot dogs and funnel cakes) and you won’t be disappointed.
The Mercury Cafe & Grill – 2936 13th Avenue – Take a step back in time and head to this adorable diner for some amazing food, a Coca-Cola in a glass bottle, a milkshake or baking! The laid back atmosphere of “The Merc” makes for an easy going family outing. The menu is small but because it’s filled with classics nobody will be disappointed.
Montana’s – 4442 Rochdale Boulevard or 2655 Gordon Road – While Montana’s is a franchised restaurant and our family tries to support local as much as possible, I just couldn’t leave this off the list. Montana’s is always a popular choice with families because it’s the one place you’re encouraged to colour on the table! Montana’s also offers a really great experience for those celebrating birthdays, and the large menu means there’s something for everyone, even picky eaters. When we go to Montana’s I know I don’t have to worry about packing items to keep the kids occupied because the restaurant provides everything you need.
Ballers Rec Room – 2044 Dewdney Avenue – This restaurant is suitable for children of all ages, but full disclosure, it is most popular for those with older children. This restaurant is a game changer for the restaurant scene in Regina. Parents and children alike can have a ton of fun using the batting cages and playing arcade games. The menu is mostly pub style but there is also a kid’s menu. If you or your children are sports junkies, this is place is a must.
Fuddruckers – 2540 Victoria Avenue East – I couldn’t leave this restaurant off the list because I enjoyed this restaurant when I was little. While it disappeared from Regina for a while, it’s back and just as fun as I remember. The burgers are the popular pick at Fuddruckers and picking your own toppings at the topping bar creates a more unique experience than your usual burger joint. On Monday’s they offer 99 cent kids meals with the purchase of an adult meal.
Hopefully you and your families enjoy these restaurants and have a chance to make new memories while dining out!