PASO ROBLES: Firestone Walker Taproom

In search of a quick, unfussy bite of dinner on our last night in Paso Robles, we decided to visit the taproom of the nearby Firestone Walker Brewery. We were glad we did.

The taproom is next to the brewery that makes the increasingly popular 805 brew, which is on offer in two iterations, along with a wide variety of other drinks and food items.

Guests are greeted, then sent to a self-serve terminal to order their food, beverages and/or retail items like T-shirts, ball caps, and other items. As we were perusing the menu, a helpful staff member came up to us, asked if we’d decided, then took our order for us. No self-service required!

Following an afternoon spent wine tasting, we decided to share a beer: the 805 Cerveza. The staff member kindly split the 20-ounce pour between two glasses rather than make us share. We paid, were given a number to display on our table, and were seated.

Street tacos

Our food – all from the “For the Table” section -- came pretty quickly: Ahi tuna wonton tacos, street tacos with chicken Tinga, and Sweet Smoky Brussels sprouts with smoked tomatoes. The street tacos and sprouts were hot, and all items were well-prepared and tasty. Other items include burgers, wings, pizza, fish ‘n’ chips, and a variety of salads.

Ahi tuna wonton tacos

Staff was very attentive, with several people stopping by to inquire as to whether everything was to our liking or whether we needed anything additional.

Sweet Smoky Brussels sprouts

The atmosphere is decidedly casual with tables and booths filling the space, and music from the ‘70s and ‘80s playing in the background. If you’re seeking a casual restaurant that isn’t “fast food,” then the Firestone Walker Taproom could fill the bill nicely.

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Photos by Carl Dombek
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