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Dinner in Paso Robles

artichokeheart Dec 27, 2007 11:16 AM

Spending two nights in Paso Robles starting tomorrow--any restaurant recommendations?

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  1. Ed Dibble RE: artichokeheart Dec 27, 2007 12:07 PM

    It has been a while since my last visit, but Bistro Laurent has always been good for me.


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      LANative RE: Ed Dibble Dec 27, 2007 12:17 PM

      Artisan is my favorite restaurant in Paso, but Bistro Laurent is a close second.

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      Rizza RE: artichokeheart Dec 27, 2007 12:49 PM

      Villa Creek. The food is great and has vegetarian options as well as wild game. It is fun to have a drink at the bar before your meal. They always start with fresh tortillas and yummy salsa. I am a meat eater, but I love the butternut squash enchiladas and the stuffed poblano chilis. I've had a great steak there as well. Every time I've been it seems that everyone is striking up a conversation with the people at the next table, and we've met some really nice people this way. I haven't tried Bistro Laurent yet, b/c I go straight to VC whenever I'm in Paso and usually only get one night out. I've heard great things about artisan though, and plan to try it next time I'm in town. There is supposed to be a great Basque restraunt nearby too, but I don't know much about it - just that it's been reccomended to me by several people.

      1. Shannon RE: artichokeheart Dec 27, 2007 01:05 PM

        I second the recommendation for Artisan - I have had two great meals there. Villa Creek is good too, but I have only eaten in the bar. If you get a hankering for Thai food, Basil (on the square) is really good. Have fun!

        1. Joseph RE: artichokeheart Dec 27, 2007 01:52 PM

          Great question.

          We are driving through on our way to San Diego, tonight.

          Would any of these places work for a quick dinner? Or is there a taqueria or something we should try instead?

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            sbgirl RE: Joseph Dec 27, 2007 02:41 PM

            Artisan is wonderful - take a few extra minutes and go there. You won't be sorry.

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              Joseph RE: Joseph Dec 28, 2007 01:43 AM

              We went to a taqueria recommended on an older post, for a quicker meal, and still ended up getting home just a few minutes ago (2:30 AM). It was a place on 12th, west of Spring, called "Lo Mejor de Michoacan", and it was a great meal on a long drive south. I'll write a review later. Suffice to say, if it were in San Diego, we would be regulars.

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              PasoShonna RE: artichokeheart Dec 28, 2007 07:37 AM

              All the restaurants listed are worthy - definitely make reservations at Villa Creek, Artisan and Bistro Laurent before you head up/down, even this time of year. FYI - the basque place is about 10 minutes from Paso (in San Miguel) and it's called the 10th Street Vineyard Cafe and the locals here rave about it. Happy chowing - be sure to report back!

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                artichokeheart RE: PasoShonna Jan 3, 2008 06:08 AM

                Thanks for all the suggestions! We wound up at Villa Creek (which we had been to once before, about a year and a half ago on another trip) and Artisan. Villa Creek was good, but we enjoyed it more the first time around. I had the butternut squash enchiladas, and my husband had the cassoulet, both of which were decent. The service wasn't great, so that may have affected our opinion a bit. It's too bad, because we loved Villa Creek the first time we went there. Maybe something was off this second time around. For our second night we went to Artisan and loved it. The food was wonderful, the atmosphere was fun, and the service was great. We started with the pork belly and the calamari, and then i had the scallops while my husband had the lamb shank. I really liked the scallops, but the lamb was outstanding. If you're in the area, I highly recommend Artisan. Thanks again for all your recommendations!

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                  Rizza RE: artichokeheart Jan 3, 2008 02:57 PM

                  Thanks for reporting back. I will definately try Artisan next time I'm up there. How were the prices, and the wine selection?

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                    LANative RE: Rizza Jan 3, 2008 06:27 PM

                    Hi, Rizza,
                    If you look up my review of Artisan (Another Great Review for Artisan), I detailed everything we had and the great price of the meal. Wine list is excellent, very focused on local wines.

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                      Rizza RE: LANative Jan 3, 2008 06:41 PM

                      Thanks. I am so excited to try this place b/c it sounds great. Also it happens to be owned by the family of my fith grade teacher.

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                        toodie jane RE: LANative Jan 5, 2008 01:16 PM


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