It's become a requirement in the description for any new restaurant. "Locally-sourced, organic, farm-to-table fare." But farm-to-table wasn't always de rigeur, and pursuing a program of ingredients-driven fare was not always a no-brainer.
Thomas Hill Organics in Paso Robles was a pioneer of this movement. The restaurant started as a CSA; boxes of lovingly selected produce evolved into a full-blown restaurant, featuring dishes that are created to show off the very best of California's Central Coast.
That starts with the produce, all sourced from nearby farms, and is carried through in all of the restaurants meats, seafood, and baked goods. The wine list is a vertible love letter to Central Coast producers. And the space, a stunning blend of rustic, inviting, and sophisticated, with golden woods, glowing chanedliers, and sleek modern details.
This is the kind of restaurant you can earmark for celebrating special occasions, or a regular neighborhood spot you can frequent multiple times a week, especially with specials like Industry Night on Mondays, half off wine on Tuesdays, and wood-fired pizza Wednesdays. And as the menu's always changing based on the bounty from local producers, there are ample reasons to stop by and see what's on for lunch, brunch, dinner, or a glass of wine.
It's a place to revel in all that California has to offer. After a meal at Thomas Hill, you'll quickly be reminded that that's a whole lot.
[Photo: Thomas Hill Organics]
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