A Foodies Guide to Paso Robles

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You will find some great restaurants in Paso Robles. Our top finds include:

Artisan: At 843 12th St. on the Square, this is a wonderful restaurant that should be high on your list. I had a wonderful scallop dish, with green garlic potato risotto, spring peas, pioppini and fiddle head ferns. The local Tempranillo from Bodegas Winery two blocks away, featuring Spanish wines, was excellent. They have a great selection of cheese and charcuterie, wood fired pizzas, small plates and large plates.

El Cortile: A good Italian fine-dining restaurant a block from the main square. I enjoyed a very good salmon entree. 608 12th St.

Thomas Hill Organics: At 1305 Park St, a block off the main square, this is one of the best restaurants in town. It has a lovely patio for outdoor dining. The Sunday lunch/brunch menu had a large selection of sandwiches, salads and brunch items like a smoked salmon eggs benedict. I had a very fresh beet salad with berries, and other fruit. The owner was very attentive and my server excellent.

The owners have an organic farm near Paso Robles where they grow fruits, vegetables and greens which they use in the restaurant. They also use locally sourced meats, fish and other ingredients.

Panolivo, at 1344 Park St., is a good, casual cafe downtown. Bistro Laurent is also highly regarded.

During the day for lunch, you will find that many of the wineries have casual food items for sale. The best for food is Justin Vineyards & Winery. This is an excellent winery that has a well-known restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner.

For updated Mexican fare and tequila, try Fish Gaucho. La Cosecha boasts Spanish and South American fare for a uniquely Latin American dining experience. The Hatch has a cocktail hour and dinner service that highlights in-house, rotisserie-smoked meats. All three restaurants come recommended by The New Yorker.

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