Artisan in Paso Robles
Paso Robles has changed a lot in the last twenty years. In the early part of my career, I would stop there for gas on my way north. It was all gas stations and cattle country. The arrival of vineyards has changed all that.
I recently photographed an assignment there for Westways Magazine and was amazed at the beautifully restored historic downtown with galleries, a wide range of restaurants and tasting rooms run by several of the local wineries.
The very elegant Artisan is a restaurant located on the edge of old town Paso Robles. With its emphasis on seasonal, local ingredients and area wines, brothers Chris and Mike Kobayashi have created a mecca for local foodies and wine tourists alike.
Santa Barbara is a bit of a drive from Paso Robles, so the brothers made sure I ate something before I left. I ordered the Charter Oak beef burger with white cheddar cheese and grilled onions. It was a perfectly grilled three-napkin burger– messy, as are all truly great burgers. Maybe it’s just the way I like to eat burgers, but it kept me humming all the way home.