The city of Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast has become one of the most popular wine regions in the entire state and with that comes a plethora of new restaurants that are making some great food. You may recal my time at Hatch and Pasolivo, but what I really wanted to try was the popular Thomas Hill Organics. This farm to table spot lived up to the hype and was a nice place for brunch on a busy Sunday morning. Here is all the information.
- Cost: $15 -$20 for brunch, more for dinner
- Hours: Different daily for lunch and dinner, check their website
- Location: 1313 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
From Highway 101 North, get off on Paso Robles St and head straight. From here, turn left on 13th St then right on Park St. You can find parking along the street and can walk to the restaurant from here.
The restaurant is a quiet little spot on Park St and while it looks small from the outside, there is a nice sized patio in the back.
The interior has wine on the walls, a big modern bar and a few small tables along the walls.
Proceed to the back of the restaurant, and you will see a patio with a dozen tables that can seat many different party sizes. I got a reservation on Sunday morning for brunch because there was a festival in the city, but most weekends you can get a seat relatively fast, depending on your party size. The menu is all farm to table dishes grown in the area and while it is pretty small, there are a lot of great options. Here is what we chose.
House Made Donuts – These pastries had an almost funnel cake type texture, lightly drizzled with a strawberry syrup and then topped with powdered sugar and fresh strawberries. It’s a great appetizer as it is light and not too filling. It doesn’t have that heavy set feel in your stomach when you eat them, and they go great with coffee.
Pork Belly Chiliquiles – Ample portions of pork belly sitting on a bed of chips with roasted tomatoes and chevere. An egg is added to the side as is a dallop of creme fraiche. GThe salty pork belly, savory chips, sweet chèvre and fresh tomatoes all come together to create a taste that is the definition of brunch. I especially liked the tomatoes, which you would expect to be good at a farm to table restaurant like this.
Avocado Toast – Lots of avocado with chili flakes on top. The bread has a light creme fraiche spread on it that you almost don’t notice. The scrambled eggs are fluffy and a great addition to the toast, as is the ample portion of smoked salmon on the side. Again it is a nice fresh dish, which seems to be the way to describe everything here. It’s not the best avocado toast I have had but it is above average.
As you can see, this is a fun spot for brunch in the city of Paso Robles, and the fresh ingredients and great preparation will have you coming back for more. Let me know what you think in the comments.