Monday, April 26, 2010
Winetasting Near Paso Robles - The Food
This is the third, and last, post on winetasting near Paso Robles. If you missed the first two, the first was on the wine and the second on lodging. This post covers dining.
There are limited options for dining once you are out of the towns and in wine country. Justin Winery, west of Paso Robles, is home to Deborah's Room, an upscale restaurant where you can have a gourmet dinner or a more casual lunch. We recently lunched there and enjoyed dining outside on their terrace. Lunch options include burgers, bratwurst, and salads. Dinner is much more sophisticated, consisting of a five-course, tasting menu. Dinner is served nightly and lunch is offered on Saturdays during the winter months and on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer. If you plan to eat dinner at Deborah's Room and are not staying at the Just Inn, watch your wine consumption as the drive back to Paso Robles or Cambria is along unlit, narrow country roads.
Another lunch option on the west side of Paso Robles is to picnic at a winery. You can get supplies in Cambria, Paso Robles, or at Farmstand 46 at the intersection of CA 46 and Vineyard Drive.
East of Paso Robles, you can lunch at Cass Cafe at Cass Winery. The menu is limited but includes a salad, sandwich, pizza, and cheese plate. The cafe is open daily from noon until 4:00 p.m. You can also picnic at many of the wineries on the east side.
For dinner, Paso Robles is home to a few excellent restaurants. We've eaten at both Artisan and Bistro Laurent and enjoyed them both. Also recommended are Villa Creek and Il Cortile. If you are staying in Cambria, I recommend Black Cat Bistro. I've also heard good thing's about Madeline's Restaurant but not eaten there. There are other options in both towns but these are my recommendations.