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Paso Robles help please

xoxohh Aug 18, 2013 10:08 AM

Next week, we are traveling to Paso Robles on a continued eating week. First night we are dining at Il Cortile. Second night is where I need guidance. Doesn't have to be "upscale", just good food in a nice atmosphere. Thanks in advance for you input.

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    araknd RE: xoxohh Aug 18, 2013 12:43 PM

    My wife and I have always enjoyed dinner at Bistro Laurent. They do a prix fixe menu with a pairing of local vintages.

    We have also had dinner at Villa Creek, which is just across the street at the square.

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      xoxohh RE: araknd Aug 18, 2013 01:17 PM

      I know of both of these and certainly both worth trying. Guess I was looking for something I am not aware of.

    2. moto RE: xoxohh Aug 18, 2013 09:04 PM

      if you're looking for an informal, inexpensive lunch, tacqueria/calif-mex, Papi's is very reliable. above average salsa bar.

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        xoxohh RE: moto Aug 18, 2013 09:35 PM

        Actually, we are looking for dinners. We are covered otherwise...Thanks!

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        glbtrtr RE: xoxohh Aug 18, 2013 09:17 PM

        We had a nice lunch at The Artisan across from the park just last week. Kind of a smart casual shabby chic industrial touch to the decor - creative menu items, nicely done.

        Paso has come a long way, baby. (First memory of dining in Paso was Jasper's! in the converted old chuch -that was high style Paso back then before the vines.)

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          glbtrtr RE: glbtrtr Aug 19, 2013 01:08 AM

          Artisan is open for dinners.

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          mike0989 RE: xoxohh Aug 19, 2013 08:42 AM

          Artisan is quite good and open for diner. The chef is a two James Beard Award nominee. You might also look at Thomas Hill Organic. Don't let the name fool you, it's not some health food restaurant. It has more to do with how they are sourcing their ingrediants.

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            tavmark RE: xoxohh Aug 19, 2013 06:39 PM

            I second Bistro Laurent and Thomas Hill. I absolutely refuse t endorse in any way shape or form Artisan given the horrendous experience I had there last time.

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              xoxohh RE: tavmark Aug 19, 2013 08:58 PM

              I love the hounds. Always helpful. I think it's between Laurent and Hill......

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                glbtrtr RE: tavmark Aug 19, 2013 11:57 PM

                Sorry to hear about the bad time you had at Artisan. Just last week our lunch experience was friendly, personable, professional and spot on.

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                  jblee RE: glbtrtr Aug 20, 2013 12:35 AM

                  Second Artisan. My favorite in Paso Robles.

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                    PattyC RE: jblee Oct 1, 2013 07:42 PM

                    We thoroughly enjoyed lunch at Artisan today. Here's a pic of my crispy shrimp flatbread sandwich:

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                  tardigrade RE: tavmark Aug 22, 2013 10:49 PM

                  Artisan was so-so to OK the first time I was there, and really good the last time (for lunch). I wish you'd expound on your bad experience: was it food or service?

                  I also second Bistro Laurent.

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                    sam1 RE: tardigrade Aug 25, 2013 01:13 AM

                    i went to artisan last week for the first time based on the chowhound recommendations. it was a total 'meh.'

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                      glbtrtr RE: sam1 Aug 25, 2013 12:40 PM

                      Best not to measure it against SF or LA standards. This is Paso Robles.

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                        SB foodie RE: glbtrtr Jun 7, 2014 04:34 PM

                        We used to love Artisan until last year, where we had a terrible experience. It started with the hostess, the seating (in the bar even after a long advanced reservation) to the service and finally the food. A big letdown after their big move.

                        I don't measure against city standards; Kobayashi was recognized by the James Beard Society. He no longer lives up to that standard!

                3. cometraveler RE: xoxohh Aug 20, 2013 09:53 PM

                  I also like Il Cortile, though, like you, would be interested in some other choices, especially a more casual option, to switch off to. We have tried Bistro Laurent a couple of times, both for lunch and dinner. The first time, lunch was good, so we went back and did not enjoy it as much, either for another lunch or for dinner.Especially for dinner, we were not thrilled with the quality of the food. Only one of the appetizers that we ordered was worth eating. Main courses, especially the sauces, were mediocre at best. Have not tried Artisan, but it seems to get a lot of good reviews here.

                  1. toodie jane RE: xoxohh Sep 8, 2013 12:32 PM

                    Thomas Hill Organics gets good mentions

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