A Taste of Paso
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Known for incredible local ingredients and innovative dishes, cocktails, and craft beer, Paso offers an impressive collection of restaurants, bars, and breweries. Here are a few of the local favorites to check out.
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Wine Country Wine Bars
Being smack center in one of the world’s top wine regions, there are several wine bars that excel at providing you a taste of Paso’s best all at one sitting. Taste in the Alley has been rated as one of the best wine bars in the country because you can order by the glass any bottle they have on their extensive racks. Pony Bar at Hotel Cheval boasts a romantic shaded patio with fire pits and features a rotating wine list and weekly local winemaker takeover events. For more spectacular dining options in Paso Robles, read on.
Cheese plates are the perfect complement for your wine.
Craft Beer Here
Paso is world-famous for its suds scene. You can grab a pint or three at craft beer standout Firestone Walker Brewing. And located right downtown – and in walking distance from each other are Silva Brewing, Earth & Fire and Toro Creek Brewing – all of which have tasting rooms inside their bustling breweries.
For those searching for something stronger, look no further than Eleven Twenty-Two. The only true speakeasy in the Central Coast, Eleven Twenty-Two has already established itself as one of California’s top mixology mecca’s, specializing in true handcrafted cocktails made from farm-fresh ingredients, house-made mixers, shrubs and syrups and the best spirits in the world, including those distilled right here in Paso Robles.
Come for a drink at the swanky and hip new speakeasy, 1122.
Fine Dining Without Pretension
Thanks to Paso Roble’s world-class wine (and no shortage of local farms), many Old World chefs call Paso home, and they’ve created restaurants that are inspired by their roots.
If you’re in the mood for classic French fare, head to Chef Laurent Grangien’s BL Brasserie, which often features fresh-caught fish specials.
For Italian, Buona Tavola and Il Cortile are local favorites for quality Mediterranean dishes and robust wine lists. Spanish (and El Salvadorian) roots are on display at Chef Santos’ La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant, which also has a seasonal cocktail menu.
If your hankering for upscale Mexican food – and one of the best tequila and mezcal lists in California – be sure to catch a table Fish Gaucho.
Delectable eats are found at Thomas Hill Organics in downtown Paso Robles.
Reflective of Paso’s carefree vibe are the host of restaurants serving gourmet farm-fresh food but in a casual setting. One of the best examples is Paso Robles’ only gastropub, Pappy McGregor's. Hearty and healthy fare – along with an extensive beer and wine list – has made it a local hangout for lunch dinner and, notably, weekend brunch.
The Cowboy Supper Clubs
Paso Robles is often called a wine region in cowboy country. The marriage of these two cultures is best experienced at the local barbecue eateries. Sidle up to F. McClintocks Saloon for a craft-beer soaked “cowboy style” tuck in. For the art of pairing local wine and Central Coast-style barbecue, Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ is a sure bet.
Authentic Mexican (no, really)
Paso Roblans embrace and pride themselves on their rich Mexican heritage. We also know unequivocally we have the best traditional Mexican food north of the border. Los Robles Café and its famous al pastor taco is a must-try. For traditional tortas, Papi’s is your place. Here’s a super-local tip: The best tamales are actually sold at the side door of a church. Called La Luz Del Mundo, the church raises money via sales of homemade tamales (Fridays only). Their verde tamale recently won the Best Traditional Tamale Award at recent California-wide tamale festival.
Fresh, local ingredients standout in Paso Robles dining experiences.