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Amy Wunderlich

Kansas City

Casual eats near Paso Robles?

My husband and I are headed to Paso in early October and it's our first time there.  We've outlined our wine tasting itinerary for the most part, but we'd love to find a few markets, delis, or cafés in the area where we could dine outside or pick up supplies for a picnic... 

I'd love to hear about any other must-dos as well!

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  • Shayne Kline

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    October is a great time to visit Paso Robles and there is lots to do here in the fall. Here are a few of my favorite picnic type places:

    • Summerwood Winery and Inn - Call in advance to have a gourmet picnic lunch box packed up for you by Executive Chef Kelly, you won't be disappointed. You can take the box lunch across the street and enjoy it on the patio at the winery with views of the vineyards and gardens. 805.227.1111 let them know Shayne sent you.
    • Fundaro's Foodstream - This won't show up on the map as it is a food truck that moves around a bit. Recently they have been at J. Dusi Wines which is also a new and right across the street from Summerwood. The best way to catch where Fundaros truck will be is to check them out on Facebook.
    • General Store Paso Robles Again a new place (hopefully that is what you are looking for) located on the quaint downtown Paso Robles Square. They have picnic items, gourmet goats milk ice cream and their own line of spices just to name a few. If you find yourself in the General Store make sure to pick up some of their Paso Salt for your french fries, popcorn or fish taco's.....
    • Artisan - Next door to the General Store Artisan is recommended by most bloggers and sites but I'll take it a step further. Lunch, apps, or a glass of wine at the bar is the call here. The bar is open air (opens right onto the square) and has great energy. They also have a great beer selection and fantastic cocktails.... If that's your thing try the Moscow Mule with Re:Find vodka.
    • Cass Winery - A little off the beaten path but if you are into that this is the place. They have a little cafe at the winery and killer grounds to picnic. The menu is really good as are the wines. Locals ride their horses to Cass for Carne Asada tacos on the weekends and tie up on their horses on the hitching post they have around the property.
    • Il Cortile Ristorante - This is the spot for a great italian dinner. Fresh and creative, not heavy. Don't skip the burrata menu - totally worth it and if you are here in the fall they will probably have stuffed zucchini blossoms as an app. please order theses!
    • Amsterdam Coffee House - Downtown Paso, this is where you'll want to grab your coffee and hang out for a bit.
    • Di Raimondos Italian Market - An amazing cheese shop across from Amsterdam Coffee House and they will also pack you up a picnic lunch.
    • Firestone Walker Brewing Company - As long as I'm at it this place is easy to find and if you like beer you should stop in. The food is pretty basic pub food (wine country style) but the beer in great and the bar is very comfortable.
    • Pier 46 Seafood Market - If you are a fish taco junkie like me you'll want to check this place out. This is a cool little spot to grab some super fresh and sustainable seafood and sit outside with a glass of beer or wine and enjoy!

    Hopefully I have given you enough info to make your choice a difficult one.

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    • Amy W.

      Amy W.

      Thanks so much Shayne! Can't wait to try these! I don't know how we'll choose.... · (1 likelikes)

    • Brew J.

      Brew J.

      Shayne. impressive list. You are the man. · (1 likelikes)

    • JR J.

      JR J.

      Shayne this makes me want to go to Paso in October!! Well done man! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Kelli Meadows

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    Great suggestions from Shayne, just to add to them, Hunter Ranch Golf Course has an amazing all you can eat champagne brunch on Sundays, including a doggie menu if you are traveling with a pet, it's off the 46 where there are a lot if wineries, may make for a conveintent stop. 4041 California 46, Paso Robles (805) 237-7444

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