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Moving to Paso Robles area - would love recs from locals

meganinlosfeliz Oct 8, 2009 02:17 PM

Hi, I am relocating (part-time for now) to Templeton. I have been up there a fair amount so am familiar with the usual suspects, i.e., Artisan, Villa Creek, The Range (my favorite), McPhee's, etc. Beyond that, I don't know very much so have lots of questions:

1) Where can you get decent pizza, if anywhere?

2) What are some good places to buy sandwiches?

3) Are there casual dining options--particularly places that might offer takeout--that are particularly good, in Paso or Templeton?

4) I buy my fish at Pier 46 but don't have a go-to place to buy steaks and other meat, other than the Templeton Farmer's Market on Sat. morning, which I sometimes miss. Ideas?

5) My favorite wineries are Villa Creek, Tablas Creek and Linne Calodo. I also enjoy L'Aventure (though pricey) and Booker. What other great ones am I missing? Over the years I have been to Denner, Lone Madrone, Cass, Whalebone, Halter Ranch, Adelaida, Opolo, Jack Creek and Justin.

If you have suggestions re any of the above, I'd love to hear them. Thanks so much.

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    glbtrtr RE: meganinlosfeliz Oct 8, 2009 02:28 PM

    Mathew's at the airport in Paso.

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      Bakersfield Hound RE: glbtrtr Oct 8, 2009 06:38 PM

      I thought Mathew's at the Airport was closed. His web site is no longer.

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        BeachGrub RE: Bakersfield Hound Oct 9, 2009 11:13 AM

        They opened in town right near the square but it has looked pretty dead last few times I went by. Not sure of the status. I would check first.

    2. toodie jane RE: meganinlosfeliz Oct 9, 2009 08:47 AM

      If you've been to Templeton before, you know how small a community it is.

      There is a small produce stand on Main which sells herbs and naturally raised meats as well. Nature's Touch. Melanie goes to lengths to screen her suppliers. Mostly if not all, organically grown products.

      The convenience store near the east end of the downtown has pretty decent sandwiches.

      Trader Joe's is directly across the freeway from downtown Templeton. Joe Bella's coffee roaster is in the same center as TJ's. Also carry large variety of loose teas.

      Odessy Deli in Paso just north of 13th St has pretty good sandwiches.

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        BeachGrub RE: meganinlosfeliz Oct 9, 2009 11:12 AM

        Fun for you. Learning a new area's spots is a real joy in life.

        Here are my favorite sort of off the radar places. Lots of local non-chain places to check out.

        Pizza has been hard for me but I like the pizza at Bistro Laurent (Petite Marcel) at lunch. I have tried the others in town but haven't loved them.

        Panolivo for breakfast and pastries. Cupcakes at Two Birds. They do quiche and potpies also but I havent tried.

        Favorite al pastor tacos at Restaurant Tenexpa tucked back on Creston road near the Mexicana market.

        Vietnamese at the Tea house on the square is quite good. Don't know about take out but Basil Thai does take out across the square for sure and they are good. Firestone on tap also :)

        For sandwiches, I love the spanish-style bocadillos at 15c. My hot tip is to have them with wine or beer at the counter. Just right next to TJ's with Pier 46.

        Templeton doesn't have a ton but I like McPhee's obviously (lunch is a more limited menu but good) and Joe's for breakfast is great.

        There is also a little Bistro tucked back by Templeton Hospital that I had a nice sandwich and salad but forget the name so didn't make a huge impact.

        Tom from Villa Creek is opening a farm stand out at the Four Vines tasting room and I understand they will have sandwich type stuff. Not sure when it opens if it hasn't,


        1. dockhl RE: meganinlosfeliz Oct 9, 2009 08:40 PM

          Man, I'd love to know where to get some decent pizza. I moved here four years ago and still haven't found one that I can call for take out (Paso) that is worth eating. It makes Domino's look acceptable :(

          Piazza Bistro, 335 Posada, Templeton
          better than I expected for lunch, nice atmosphere and pretty good salads

          Matthew's at the airport is unquestionably closed. I've only eaten at the downtown location once and the service and food were not good. I've not gone back. May have been a bad day since I know several people who like it a lot.

          1. toodie jane RE: meganinlosfeliz Oct 13, 2009 04:28 PM

            There are a couple of meat markets at the north end of town. One is out near the freeway in an old fast-food RR building, a Carniceria.

            The other is Paso Meat and Sausage Co. near the far north end of Riverside Dr. It is run by a fellow who used to have a place in Atascadero (Roy's Custom Meats?) He has a good reputation.

            sorry, tried to make a link, but the feature must be 'out of service'

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              tavmark RE: toodie jane Oct 14, 2009 06:40 AM

              Try Bravo Pizza in Atascadero (on El Camino). It's been a while since I've been but it was recommended by a friend and when I went I enjoyed it.

              There is also a local coffee roaster very close to it but I am drawing a total blank on the name.

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              Wino RE: meganinlosfeliz Oct 14, 2009 01:26 PM

              Don't forget about Cambria! There are some fun places there. We like the Black Cat for dinner.

              A couple more wineries to consider are Hug, Bassetti, McPrice Myer, and Herman Story.

              Hug has a tasting room, out on the east side of 46 and McPrice Myer and Herman Story are located right next door. They all make wines from all over the central coast, not just Paso.

              A good way to find a solid butcher is ask one of the winemakers, they will know!

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                Tari RE: meganinlosfeliz Oct 17, 2009 12:41 AM

                I just got back staying a few days in Cambria with my boyfriend. We went there to do some wine tasting. My favorite winery so far is Wild Horse. We ate at 3 restaurants. Linn's, Artisan and Pine Creek Lodge. All 3 was really good.

                1. Pzz RE: meganinlosfeliz Oct 21, 2010 01:58 PM

                  As for SLO county pizza, you'd probably do better making it at home. Fatte's is my favorite, but is not in the league with pizzerias in SF, NY or Philadelphia. You can, however, find a superb sandwich at Hush-Harbor Artisan Bakery in Atascadero, and be sure to pick up a loaf of fresh-baked bread on the way out. I buy virtually all of my fresh meat at Costco in San Luis Obispo after having a lot of trouble with meat purchased at several local supermarkets.

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