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Paso Robles - Panolivo / McPhee's?

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spicygal Apr 5, 2010 12:41 PM

Has anyone been to either of these two restaurants recently? I am trying to decide between the two of them for dinner. I have dined many times at Artisan and Villa Creek - both have always been good - but want to "change it up" a little this time.

I have never had dinner at Panolivo and my last dinner at McPhee's (~ 2 years ago) was not nearly up to par as compared to prior visits.

Thanks.

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Villa Creek Restaurant
1144 Pine St., Paso Robles, CA 93446

Panolivo
1344 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

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    syrahgirl RE: spicygal Apr 6, 2010 09:10 AM

    How about Enoteca @ the BellaSerra Hotel? I've heard great things about it, the hotel is gorgeous! :)

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    Enoteca Restaurant & Bar
    206 Alexa Ct, Paso Robles, CA 93446

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      Obessed RE: syrahgirl Apr 18, 2010 02:09 PM

      I've been to Enoteca and it was very good. Highly recommend it!

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      Enoteca Restaurant & Bar
      206 Alexa Ct, Paso Robles, CA 93446

    2. Scott M RE: spicygal Apr 7, 2010 11:59 AM

      I would skip Panolivo. It's a decent place for brunch but I wouldn't consider it for dinner. McPhee's is not what it used to be and is just average in my opinion.

      I would try Il Cortile Ristorante, which is recently opened Italian in Paso

      http://www.ilcortileristorante.com

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      Panolivo
      1344 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

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        stan D RE: spicygal Apr 8, 2010 08:52 AM

        I would go with Il Cortile also. Had a very fine meal there last month.

        Nix on Panolivo, not for the food but on principle. Three years ago I had a reservation for eight out of town friends there on the Wine Festival weekend, and they cancelled me two days before. Seems they got a bigger res from some winery. Luckily I found space at Villa Creek, and vowed to never go to Panolivio again.

        1. Ed Dibble RE: spicygal Apr 10, 2010 09:22 AM

          Is Bistro Laurent still going? 5-8 years ago, I ate there several times and generally enjoyed it. But the last few times I was in town, BL was going through an earthquake retrofit or closed on the days I was there, so I have eaten elsewhere (and fallen in love with Artisan). Anyway, I wonder why it hasn't entered this discussion.

          Last summer, we had an outstanding meal at Thomas Hill Organics. Is it still going and still chowworthy? Based on our lunches there, I would think that it would be a good dinner choice as well.

          http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...

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          Thomas Hill Organics
          1305 Park St, Paso Robles, CA

          Bistro Laurent
          1202 Pine St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

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            DarkRose RE: spicygal Apr 11, 2010 02:20 PM

            Wow, I'm surprised to see all the negatives for Panolivo :( I took my partner there for her birthday dinner in May of last year (the weekend after Memorial day) and we had a fabulous dinner with attentive service. They have a three course meal for $38, which we both had. She started with their baked goat cheese appetizer, and I had the onion soup. We both opted for the Steak Beurre Maitre d’Hotel entree, and she went with the creme brulee for dessert, while I chose the two chocolate bread pudding, which was the sole disappointment of the night.

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            Panolivo
            1344 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

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              spicygal RE: spicygal Apr 12, 2010 04:55 PM

              Just wanted to report back. We ended up at Thomas Hill Organics for dinner. For starters, I had the beet salad with goat cheese and beet reduction (very large portion, great tasting beets, and the BF had to help me finish) and the BF had a shaved romanesco and cauliflower salad with candied olives and kumquats. Both were really good. For mains, I had something from the app / starter menu - the halibut cheek salad, and the BF had the black cod. We enjoyed both dishes, but each of us thought that there was a little too much "going on" on the plate in terms of flavors and maybe the chef could've used one less ingredient or flavor profile in each dish so as to make what's there more accessible.

              We would definitely go back and try the pizzas next time - they looked quite good.

              A note about the service - it could use some work. It was a bit disjointed and my observations of watching the wait staff come and go struck me as a them being a little bit confused as to who was covering what tables. Also, I had made a reservation early that week and they did not have our table when we got there so we ended up with probably the worst table in the house (in the bar area, next to the bathroom and the door to the outside patio).

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              Thomas Hill Organics
              1305 Park St, Paso Robles, CA

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                Ed Dibble RE: spicygal Apr 13, 2010 07:13 AM

                Thanks for the report.

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                  jrmint RE: spicygal Apr 21, 2010 09:02 PM

                  Couldn't agree more with your review regarding Thomas Hill Organics as it pertained to the service. While friendly, it took painstakingly forever just to receive "brunch" orders (there were only two other tables in the restaurant, each with two people seated). The restaurant did not seem to be understaffed either (especially for a rainy Sunday morning). One of the people I was with joked that they must have all gotten 'high' before work, based on their mannerisms and lackadaisical work ethic (and this person is not a Type-A themself in the least bit, so it was funny). All in all it took us almost 2 full hours to finally get out of there and get on with wine tasting. Lastly, I myself didn't find the food to be anything to write home about (and especially not worth the two hours I spent there in the restaurant). I've decided they must have had to freshly slaughter the pig & cure the bacon in order to make my breakfast panini (oh wait, I ordered it without the bacon!). Who knows! Hope they get their service together - maybe most people go in their after wine tasting, so they don't notice the time warp.

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                  Thomas Hill Organics
                  1305 Park St, Paso Robles, CA

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