If you live in Paso Robles, you probably know about Di Raimondos Italian Market and Cheese Shop on 13th Street. Well they currently share space with a new bistro that serves lunch on Thursday through Monday from 11-5. I finally got a chance to stop in and see what they had to offer and was quite pleased! They are an intimate restaurant with a window bar and a few small tables. It’s called Next Door Bistro and it’s a great new lunch spot in Paso Robles!
The Next Door Bistro is a very cozy place and the service I received was super friendly and attentive. The food was spectacular! Their menu is concise offering a selection of appetizer/charcuterie plates, salads and sandwiches, featuring locally sourced and hand crafted items. They offer a variety of wines to enjoy with your meal as well as organic tea and sodas. You can also grab items to go if you are on the move. The creativity and excellence was very evident in each item I tried.
I enjoyed one of their bottled organic teas along with a cup of their House-Made Soup. It was Black Bean with Turban Squash Soup garnished with cilantro and served with some nicely toasted baguette slices. The soup was wonderfully seasoned and the squash pieces were tender and flavorful. An unusual version of black bean soup that was quite impressive!
Next, I enjoyed their Italian Farro Salad made with local greens, roasted chicken, plump gold raisins, lightly candied nuts and house-made fig chutney. It was tossed with their own balsamic vinaigrette. Amazing and one of the best salads I have ever had! All of the different components were individually exciting and mixed together, created an explosion of flavor. I loved it!
They presented a nice little Amaretti Cookie with my bill as a compliment to end the meal. What a wonderful lunch! I loved it all!!