A recent surge in the variety and number of restaurant choices in Regina has CBC Radio host Sheila Coles taking a closer look at the dining-out scene — direct from the heart of one of the city's enduring morning eateries: Nicky's Cafe.

Coles will broadcast live from 6 to 8:30 a.m. from the restaurant and bake shop, which is at the corner of 8th Street and Winnipeg Avenue, just east of the Warehouse District. (The cafe itself opens at 5 a.m. and folks are welcome to drop by at any time.)

'I hope people can come down to say 'Hello'. - CBC Radio host Sheila Coles

For 28 years Nicky's has been a staple for the breakfast crowd, making it a natural venue to discuss how Regina's restaurant scene has evolved.

Coles notes Nicky's is one of her favourite places for breakfast.  

"My husband and I always enjoy sitting down and eating a great breakfast served up by Nicky and his family," Coles said, referring to the restaurant's namesake Nicky Makris. "And I'm so thrilled we get to start our series looking at Regina's growing restaurant scene here. We're going to tell lots of fun and interesting stories, and I hope people can come down to say 'Hello'."

Friday's morning show includes an interview Aiden Morgan, food critic for The Prairie Dog newspaper.

As well, the show's associate producer, Abby Schneider, will have a feature story on Makris and how it was that he entered the restaurant business.

Political panel on the menu

And, the Morning Edition soup of the day — or scoops of the morning? — Murray Mandryk and Stefani Langenegger will be on between 7:30 and 8 for their regular Friday political panel.

Coles will also be keen to share tweets - @SheilaColesCBC - from audience members with thoughts about favourite menu items and restaurants in Regina.

The Morning Edition is heard on 102.5 FM in Regina and 540 AM across the province.