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Take a bite out of restaurant month!
Friday, January 15, 2010
January is restaurant month here in Paso Robles! All throughout January, many of Paso Robles's world-class restaurants are serving up three-course prix fixe menus for just $30 per person!
For the rest of this month, I'll be featuring all of Paso's participating restaurants right here on the travelpaso.com blog!
Kicking off our focus on Restaurant Month is Thomas Hill Organics. I stopped by their charming bistro located at 1305 Park Street on a beautiful, strikingly spring-like evening. The inside of the restaurant is small, but warm and inviting - the majority of the space is occupied by the delicious sounds and smells of head Chef Julie Simons' large kitchen.
Restaurant owner Debbie Thomas and her husband, Joe Thomas, relocated to Paso Robles from Pasadena four and a half years ago.
"The deal was, if we moved here, I had to let him farm," laughs Debbie. And farm he did. In fact, much of the produce used in the restaurant's mouth-wateringly fresh dishes goes straight from the Thomas' 10-acre farm to your plate. In fact, Thomas Hill's beautiful "Winter Salad", the first course on their Restaurant Month prix fixe menu features arugula directly from their family's farm.
For a restaurant driven by the ever-changing availability of fresh, seasonal ingredients, the Thomases needed to find an innovative and creative head chef, dedicated to showcasing all of the fresh, locally-grown produce Paso Robles has to offer. Fortunately, they found all that and more in Chef Julie Simons.
"Julie is one of the most creative chefs you will ever meet," says Thomas. "She puts together ingredients
that you would never think go well together, and then you taste it, and it's incredible."
And after one bite of the second course on their prix fixe menu this month, Julie's pan-seared scallops served with roasted butternut squash, dandelions, pecans and a cranberry relish - I'm more than inclined to agree.
Hungry for more? Check back soon for our feature on Artisan!