Villa Creek in Paso Robles
I felt it was my chowhound duty to rave about the best meal we had on a trip to the West Coast in the autumn. Kind of an early Californian/Mexican/Ranchero style, with lots of grilled meat and moles (that is--plural of mole sauce, not grilled burrowing beasts!). The mahi mahi ceviche w/avocado was a tasty first course. Extremely enticing wine list, too.
****If you dig vintage motels, you might want to stay at the Melody Ranch (walking distance from the walkable downtown area of the city, and the next block over from the cute but pricier Paso Robles Inn). Our room had a sparkling clean, butter-yellow tiled bathroom.
The Cattleman's Bar, upstairs at the Paso Robles Inn, was worth hanging out in, despite the Long Island Iced Tea-drinking office party and the Fleetwood Mac cover duo.