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Jun 29, 2006 06:22 PM

Paso Robles recs for this weekend?

I'm thinking of doing Bistro Laurent on Saturday, and Villa Creek on Sunday. Are they both good? I've heard about a new-ish Italian spot that's supposed to be good also. But I don't know the name of it.

I've also thought about stopping by the Wine Attic. It's apparently a gourmet store?

Thankyou very much!

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  1. Bistro Laurent is indeed good. I haven't been to Villa Creek lately but the buzz is generally good. The Wine Attic is very small but I think they do have a few gourmet food items. In the same area is a store called We Olive which features many different brands of olive oil (lots of local labels) and other olive-related items.

    1. I've only been to Bistro Laurent one time. Food and service were great. I haven't tried Villa Creek, but I've heard mostly good comments on it.

      Another good option is McPhee's Grill in Templeton. Just a 10-minute drive from Paso Robles.

      Panolivo is great for breakfast. Their chocolate/almond croissants are to die for. It's also a good place to pick up a picnic lunch before hitting the wine trail.

      1. I enjoyed Paris the one time I ate there.
        I went to the Wine Attic last year. At that time it sold stuff like cheeses and bread in addition to wine and other booze, but was not a gourmet store like Dean & Deluca.

        1. The newish Italian place is in the old Kelly's location on Spring street. It is called Gaetano's. Pretty good with gracious host. Better than Bueno Tavoli IMO. Service way better. Not as good as the fine Alloro that was in town before.

          Paris was very good but it is closed now while the building is remodeled and it will open in another location later this year.

          Villa Creek is big yes. Local food done well. Some don't get it. I didn't either when I first went. Don't think Mexican food place. Think early California mission style cuisine. Do order the house wine. Excellent and great value.

          Panolivo nice bistro dinners as well. The lunch place run by Bistro Laurent is my wife's fav. Enjoy patio with a nice local Rose.

          Agreed on McPhee's. And do hit Templeton. You will love the vibe. Herman's Chocolate Works is a big town favorite.

          1. if you're here for an extended weekend (today being Sunday) try to visit DiRaimondo's Italian deli on 13th St. downtown PR. Lovely Italian cured meats and a good selection of Italian cheeses. Nice folks.