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…

THE TACO LIST

Roughly North-to-South from Salinas to Santa Barbara–with heavier population Paso to Santa Maria. Please note this is not a “Best Mexican Food” list. It is STRICTLY taquerias, and I only order ONE thing. Scroll to the bottom of this list for a rough outline of my parameters for “Tacos”. ◊◊ No No ◊ No ♦…

RESTY GOSSIP 10.30

Who’s had MONIKA’S MACARONS??? Along with LA PARISIENNE in Morro Bay, this is easily the best-kept dessert secret in the area. OK–and maybe DE PALO & SONS. Seriously, though: I just can’t get enough of those pistachio things (YES THE GREEN ONE) Salted caramel too. Oh and mocha! Of all the things Garden Street has…

RESTY GOSSIP 10.24

Have you been to the new HIGH ST. DELI in Los Osos yet? Baywood, actually. Menu’s a bit different–not quite as large as the midtown location–but has most of the favorites. PLUS–and this is key–a WINE SHOP on site! Yes, there’s a place to buy wine in Los Osos now besides the Shell station and…

Resty Gossip 10.17

There’s a new eatery in the troubled spot on Chorro in Chinatown where the Iberian wine-shop was: about 5 tenants ago. THE HEALTHY CRAVE seems to promise more than just smoothies and I’m not sure what their shtick is, nor do I honestly care. Quite confident I will visit them exactly the same number of…