The Best 12 Restaurants in Paso Robles

FOUR different times this week people have messaged me about where to eat in Paso Robles, and TWO times in the past month I have threatened to make a list. It’s just SO explosive up there right now. I fully feel the pendulum has swung back to NoCo after dawdling about SoCo for a decade….

Resty Gossip 6.19

Been out to Mulligan’s recently? So here’s a covid success story of sorts. Before the pandemic, COMPLETELY unknown resty–one of my favorite *secret* places to visit and plug–lots of parking, rarely busy, decent food. At the first ‘opening up’ to outdoor dining, Mulligan’s began a hearty marketing campaign: installing signs downtown and on leading roads,…

Resty Gossip 6.12

Finally got into SPIRIT OF SAN LUIS at the airport… Airport restaurants and 19th-hole restaurants share typically share the same doldrum-y food, but this place is pretty good. Seemed to be a lot of locals eating there–it was packed on a weekday lunch–and not many actual travelers. I guess the Gus’s people still own this?…

Resty Gossip 5.22

Highlight of my last weekend was FINALLY sliding into Pig Iron at the Templeton Mercantile. Been watching this thing from the sidelines for a couple years now but just never pulled the trigger. Nice location, plenty of sunny people-watching–not that Main Street Templeton is exactly a PARADE, but still. There’s also quite a bit of…

Resty Gossip 4.8.22

New sandwich shop in Morro Bay: Gilligans or something, also a new Chinese spot–which I may have to seek out because the one Chinese resty we DO have is one of the worst I’ve ever had and even better: Morro Bay’s reigning self-appointed foodie dip-tard HATES the new one. So I MUST visit. Across the…

Resty Gossip 2.13.22

Top 10 Places to Dine on Super Bowl Sunday WITHOUT a TV: BELL’S https://www.bellsrestaurant.com/ THE SPOON TRADE https://thespoontrade.com/ PUFFER’S https://puffersofpismo.com/ MOON OVER AVILA https://www.bluemoonoveravila.com/ NOVO https://www.novorestaurant.com/ GRANADA https://www.granadahotelandbistro.com/ BRASSERIE SLO https://www.hotelcerro.com/slo-restaurants/brasserie-slo/ MISTURA https://www.misturarestaurants.com/ THE OLDE ALEHOUSE https://www.facebook.com/theoldealehouse945/ TOP DOG https://topdogcoffeebar.com/ LUNADA GARDEN BISTRO https://www.lunadagardenbistro.com/ ROBIN’S https://www.robinsrestaurant.com/ BLACK CAT BISTRO https://www.blackcatbistro.com/ BISTRO LAURENT http://www.bistrolaurent.com/ I WAS…

Resty Gossip 1.6.22

As I have documented on my IG stories, Vegetable Butcher has papered their windows, and several times this week driving by have seen the door open and signs of drywall and painting going on inside–along with crates of boxed goods. Haven’t stopped in to snoop, but this will be interesting. Saint’s Barrel has fully opened…

The Pod People are Here

This week’s blog may seem like an odd rant, but then do you really read this page for normalcy? It may also seem like a sponsored piece, but I assure you neither the brand showcased here, any of their associated network OR any coffee shops mentioned contribute to my wallet or well-being. This is my…

CONSUMED PODCAST

I spent an hour+ on the Central Coast’s premier podcast: CONSUMED with host Jaime Lewis and it went LIVE today on letsgetconsumed.com We talked about food and wine and blogging and YELP! and McDonald’s french fries, growing up SDA, Jonathan Gold, what we read for inspiration and of course crows. Add it to your listening…

Resty Gossip 11.21

When I first started scribbling on these pages maybe 10 years ago, I complained constantly about how Paso got all the good restaurants, and SLO seemed to plod along with the usual suspects of pretty safe stuff. OK, maybe not *complained*, but observed loudly. Anchored by the Artisan-Bistro-Villa Creek trilogy, but also Panolivo, THO, Mistura,…