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Ian McPhee’s Grill ----416 S. Main St. 434-3204 website"Dedicated to Great Food and Great Service" McPhee's Grill is located at 416 S. Main Street in Templeton, California. Just 4 miles south of Paso Robles. Ian is a wonderful Chef and a great character who has been in the restaurant business for many years.

Berry Hill Bistro----1114 Pine Street 805-238-3929 websiteListen to the Paso concerts in the Park. The friendly service sometimes is a bit rushed or slow, but their full bar drinks are yummy as is their platter of Tempura Shrimp served with Asian slaw and spicy peanut sauce on a bed of crispy wontons. That along with a pomegranate martini is just perfect. The bistro faces the park so it’s a great place to sit, sip, and people watch. Dogs out on the patio are allowed. Other menu items are panini sandwiches; starters and small plates; hand-crafted sandwiches; salads and soups; entrees and house specialties. It’s open 7 days a week serving lunch and dinner.

Villa Creek—--Pine and 12th—238-3000 website Spanish decor and a favorite hang out of winemakers. Dining in and out. There is a full lively bar partially inside and partially outside over looking the central park. Sit in the bar area, have some tapas and libations, and watch the Paso world wander by. There is a nice dining room inside and an outside back patio with a free standing fire chimney fireplace. Reservations recommended for busy times.

El Vino----- 1510 Park Street, Paso Robles websiteThe food speaks for itself.Take the Chronicle’s word for it: El Vino -”Spanish for ‘the wine.” Comida delicioso: Spanish for ‘delicious food.’ At El Vino, you’ll be sure to find both. So what’s unique about this Mexican restaurant? “It’s just great food, “Everything is fresh and it’s all homemade cooking.”Simple yet elegant décor, including quaint decorative wine racks and oak tables, greet customers as they walk in, creating an inviting atmosphere, somewhere between a Mexican hacienda and an Italian villa. The favorite Mexican restaurant of the Cyclist Concierge.

Thomas Hill Organics –----1305 Park Street805-226-5888(the old Wine Attic)website Sun.,Mon, and Wed. 11-7 Thurs, Fri, Sat. 11-8 CLOSED TUESDAYS Brand new in town and so conveniently located is a restaurant that brings the family farm to you. Their farm is located in the East hills of Paso and is dedicated to organically grown, unique, heirloom varieties of fruit, veggies, and nuts. Want to know the origins, history, whatever that is grown on their farm? Debbie will divulge all sorts of info. So, what you are eating is totally fresh and organic, even that which is provided by the local livestock and fish purveyors. Of course wine is featured as well. This is a fun and yummy place to eat. You can also order veggies from their farms and pick them up at the bistro.

Besides our recommendations for our favorites, there are many other fine restaurants in Paso Robles for your enjoyment. French Panolivo—--1344 Park-239-3366 http://www.panolivo.com/

French Mediterranean. The owners(the Cops) are French. Yummy French pastries can be found here and the faire is light French for breakfast and lunch. Wine only served. Outdoor seating. Dinner served on Friday and Saturday 5PM to 9PM.

Bistro Laurent—---1202 Pine–226-8191 (closed Sun. & Mon.) http://www.bistrolaurent.com/

The general consensus is that it’s one of the finest in the area. The chef (Laurent Grangien) is French. It was written up in the LA Times awhile ago as “the best restaurant on the Central Coast." Yummy for lunch or dinner. Sit inside or outside on the lovely patio in back. This restaurant is housed in a very historic old brick building and the inside is historic in feel with lots of wood. Wine only. Reservations seriously recommended.

Italian Buona Tavola—943 Spring St.—237-0600 http://www.btslo.com/

Wonderful Northern Italian fare. Sit at the intimate full bar or at the inside dining area as well as on the small outdoor patio on the street. The Italian chef/owner Antonio Varia is fabulous. There’s another Buona Tavola in San Luis Obispo that has a gorgeous outdoor patio in which to dine. I some time ago had dinner there and met Rachel Ray there doing a TV presentation. I had a very interesting evening with her.(You can ask me about that as well). Reservations seriously recommended.

Plain American Fare McClintocks-on Park –1234 Park—–238-2233 Big full bar and fun American dining. for breakfast, enjoy items like Cowboy Benedict (the benedict is country gravy), Joe’s Special & Chicken Fried Steak. Breakfast,(7am on); lunch and dinner. Odysey World Café—1214 Pine St. –237-7516 Good for any time of the day, you can dine in or on their tiny outdoor patio in back or in front on the street. Definitely kid friendly. They make delicious ice mocha frappes. Mara’s Cafe 1401 14th Street–239-1002 Wonderful healthy breads and great healthy sandwiches.

Chico’s 834 11th St., —239-3332 (next to Basils) The breakfasts are reasonably priced and wonderful. 7am to 11am. But it gets better. The lunches are really yummy, especially the soups. Chico is a gourmet chef for most everything, but when you crave fabulous stock and soup, he’s the best. The rest of the lunch menu is great too. Then comes the white tablecloth/candle lit dinners—it’s mostly fish because he was the chef at the Sea Chest in Cambria for 8 years, but there is steak as well. Dinner is divine. You’ll love meeting Chico. He’s so understated, modest, and enthusiastic. We are so lucky to have this lovely little hole in the wall restaurant with a beautiful park view here in Paso. Wine, beer, and outdoor seating.

Mexican

Papis Tacos and Gorditas–840 13th St., Suite C (really on Pine street South of 13th) 239-3720 Written up in Sunset magazine several years ago, it’s authentic, delicious, and homemade. It’s also oh so financially reasonable and the service ever so friendly. Dine inside or out.

Thai

Basils—828 11th St.—238-9945 It’s a family run restaurant and it has terrifically good authentic Thai food in lovely surroundings with a view of the Park. Wine only and seating is inside–but it’s so light and airy with big windows that you feel like you are outside. Their food is authentic and you can have spicy and non-spicy food. Their hot ginger tea is a must.

Sushi

Goshis (at the Pine Street Train Station) 722 Pine–227-4860 Family run and Yum is all I can say. Fresh fish (not frozen) and a super Sushi Chef in Yugo. Inside seating only. Of course the sushi bar is always fun and lively; but then so is the table seating. Every now and then the train goes by and that’s fun to experience.

Yanagi Sushi—1221 Park St.— 226-8867 Owner/Sushi Chef, Jay Chung, world-renowned chef previously owned Ariake in Beverly Hills. Standing behind the sushi counter dressed in traditional Japanese cooking attire, Chef Chung with over 20 years of experience, is there to ensure the satisfaction of every customer. This restaurant features a wide array of Japanese dishes. There is also a separate room with a Teppanyaki Grill for steaks, fish foods, and veggies.

For The Younger Set and The Young at Heart Pappy MacGregor’s–1122 Pine Street–238-7070 The name speaks for itself. Irish fare and lots of brew. Fun, boisterous and a has live music night and a comedy night.. Their scampi is pretty yummy. Historic Favorites

El Paso de Robles Inn–a historic inn on Spring Street between 12th and 11th Opened in Oct., 1891, it used to look like the Del Coronado Hotel and then sadly burned down on 12/12/40. Because of WWII it wasn’t rebuilt the same and so it has now a whole different look except for the Ballroom in back of the inn which still remains today. The hotel is very historic because of various famous celebrities who stayed there, including, the composer Paderewski who also was the president of Poland. He also originated the Zin grapes here in our area. Lovely gardens with indoor and outdoor seating. Also an old fashion soda fountain bar to enjoy food and beverages. The vivacious drink bar is upstairs and looks over the Park. The historic tale of this bar is of a horse and rider going up the stairs for a light libation. Lunch, breakfast, and dinner is available here.

A Good Sandwhich/Soup Bakery and Café Moras 1401 14th Street 239-1002 next to Artisan Home/natural baked breads and wonderful big sandwiches and cookies. DiRaimondo’s Italian Market and Cheese Shop—-822 13th St. —238-1268 Walk in and smell the cheeses. No, you are not in Europe, but you could be. Over 100 cheeses from around the world–it’s cheese heaven. Ask John or Jean for slivers to try and buy your favorites. You can also order a delicious lunch to go of salamis, cheese, bread, etc. Olives

We Olive —-Park Street The next big thing here in this beautiful area are olives. We even have a fabulous Olive Festival in the park on the 4th Sat. in Aug.. It’s a big fun event full of olive , wine, and food tastings. and definitely worth while visiting.

The Loading Chute –6350 Webster Rd., Creston 237-1259 You have to drive to the TINY town of Creston (about 15 miles east) to experience this historic wonderful steak, prime rib, and hearty meat place.(They do have chicken and fish as well.) It’s down home and fun to dine with all of the local ranchers and residents. Dining is inside and outside. You’ll never forget it and if you love meat, you’ll have this on your mind whenever you visit Paso. Note the VERY FANCY barns/stables on your left as you drive out!

San Miguel has a phenomenal Basque restaurant, Tenth Street Vineyard Cafe. 805-467-3141 “CASH ONLY”. 

 

 

 
 
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