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Brunch at Artisan Paso Robles

paso_gurl_100 | Mar 10, 200809:40 AM

I brunched yesterday at Artisan with my husband and 10 y/o DD. They no longer offer the buffet on a regular basis, but the brunch menu was impressive. We started out with the cinnamon donuts. The name was kinda misleading because they are really more like donut holes, and the texture is like a beignet. They are served with hot fudge, lemon curd and blueberry compote for dipping. Paired nicely with the dark roast coffee, and DD was thrilled to have hot fudge for breakfast! The menu has a great variety of sweet, savory, breakfast-y and lunch-y items like Bananas Foster malted waffles , smoked salmon served w/ a croissant and cream cheese, a Kentucky brown sandwich, and salmon tartare w/ fried green tomatoes. For kids, they offer a simple egg breakfast with one egg, applewood smoked bacon and a small portion of hash browns ($6). This is basically a smaller portion of the All American Fry which also comes with toast. My DH always gets the same breakfast: bacon and eggs. The toast is slices of a yummy brioche type loaf, but for $12 it didn't seem like anything special, in fact the portion of hash browns seemed a little stingy. I had better luck with my Crab Cake Benedict ($15) - two puff pastry shells topped with beautiful, thick, lump crab cakes, perfectly poached eggs, and sauce mornay- delicious. The mornay was very flavorful and really complimented the crab. All were accompanied by fresh fruit from Templeton farmers market, I think they said. We also enjoyed a peach bellini $7.50(DD had a glass of fresh orange juice). After all was said and done, it came to $71 plus tip. They will be doing a brunch buffet for Easter Sunday ($25) and the sample menu included fresh seafood and most of the items we saw on the menu. If you are in the area, but not up for dropping down that much money, Panolivo is still a good alternative for about half the price. I will definitely do brunch at Artisan again, but only for a special occasion.

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