Out of Towner - Visiting Paso Robles!
Fellow Chowhounder from Boston here looking for some good recs on the Paso Robles area....the better wineries/some good lunch spots/general foodie and wine advice for having the best weekend in PR --
Also, I'll be writing up something more specific later, but will be spending 3 nights in Santa Monice. any good dining advice would be welcomed -
Enjoy your visit, but remember that this is HIGH season for Paso Robles and you are likely to need reservations almost everywhere. The Paso Wine web site will tell you ablout events coming up. Bistro Laurent is excellent, we also like Buona Tavola, Artisan, Villa Creek and McPhee's is terrific. Hopefully you'll have a car and check out some of the smaller wineries.
For lunch, McPhee's in Templeton, or picnic at a winery. About 1/2 hour away, Cambria has some great shopping & dining, plus Hearst Castle is close.
Wineries: my current top favorites are: Lone Madrone, Turley, Linne Calodo, Opolo & Silver Horse. You can check out pasowine.com for a winery map & info on the wineries.
I was just in Paso last month, & had a great dinner at Artisan (you can read my review here on chowhound or my trip report on trip advisor). I have also really enjoyed Bistro Laurent.
Most of the wineries in Paso are producing some outstanding wines, it'll be difficult to be disappointed. Depending on when you visit, you could have dinner at a winery; many of them bring in guest chefs (e.g. Eberle does monthly dinners in its cave; I always go to the Dec. black tie dinner).
Have a great time in Paso; it's a wonderful place. I can't wait to return for the wine festival in two weeks...