Most weekends I spend in the beautiful wine country of Paso Robles. I love spending time outdoors, hanging out with my boyfriend, wine tasting, and the best part of all is all the delicious eating I get to do. When I am at home I eat really well, strictly following my meal plans. However, when I am on vacation on the weekends, I let myself indulge.

I have come across some delicious places (and some not so good!) Here are my 5 favorite spots to eat in Paso Robles:

1.) The Tap Room - The Firestone Walker Brewing Company Tap Room located just off the 101 and 46 on Ramada, has a fun weekend atmosphere, delicious American cuisine, and good prices. I recommend starting off with the calamari or soft pretzel as an appetizer, followed by The Grilled Fish Tacos or Tap Room Burger for your meal. While I skipped the desserts because they did not sound overly appealing, they had a wide variety of options.

2.) Brown Butter Cookie Co - If you pass on dessert at The Tap Room like I did, you can head over here right after. These melt in your mouth treats are top of the line and even better they have gluten free options. Although they are slightly pricy, they are worth every dollar. My favorite is the Gluten Free Lemon Poppy cookie. The only down fall is that they close at 7pm, so if you plan on making a stop here after dinner, be sure to think ahead.

3.) Buona Tavola - This downtown Italian restaurant is phenomenal. We came here to celebrate my new job last June and I was blown away. I ordered the seafood special and was overwhelmed by the amount of food, for the price! Great deal. There was a bit of a dilemma with their card machine when it came time to pay, so we had to wait awhile, but the wait staff was friendly and brought us comped drinks to enjoy while we waited.

4.) Cowgirl Cafe - This breakfast spot has great prices and even better food. The Huevos Rancheros and Biscuits and Gravy are two of my favorites! This restaurant has the fastest service I have ever experienced...maybe because they need to turn tables quick on weekend mornings. However, the servers are also not pushy to get you out of there when they have a line out the door.

5.) Estrella - This Latin American restaurant is delicious! We went on a chilly Friday night and sat on the patio, which had heaters and a very intimate feel. I ordered the Jamaican Seafood Curry and loved it. My boyfriend got the Duck Confit Rellenos and also really liked it. I indulged in the Estrella Sangria and loved it. This restaurant was a nice change from the usual food and environments I enjoy and one I hope to eat at again.

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