While driving through the Paso Robles wine country, we were deciding where to eat. We met the winemaker at Zin Alley (highly recommended) who is very passionate about his wine. We knew he could provide a great recommendation for dinner. Without thinking, he said “McPhee’s.” When I asked how the food was he had one word, “bulletproof.”
Mcphee’s is located on the one-street town of Templeton, about a mile off of the 101 on the east side. Adding to the small town charm where it is located is the large mill of some sort that is across the street from McPhee’s. This is a working facility and I was cautioned about parking near it and getting dust and debris on my car.
FOOD: The menu was a great mix of typical continental fare but with some great unique twists. For appetizers, we had tempura shrimp. The shrimp was not so much a true tempura but did have an excellent coating on it. It was in a great spicy peanut sauce and served with asian slaw topped with ginger. We also had the seared ahi nachos which were incredible as well. They were topped with a wasabi cream sauce and green caviar. There are pictures of both appetizers that I have posted.
For dinner we both had bone-in filet mignon. It is rare to see this cut with a bone still attached. Again, it was excellent all around. The steaks are cooked over Oak.
For desert, we had an ice cream dish, forget the specifics but it was topped with a pistachio wafer. I had the pecan bar that was accompanied by chocolate ginger ice cream. All ice creams are made in house, a definite sign of the restaurants dedication to quality. I have posted pictures of both deserts.
WINE: Being in/near Paso Robles and in wine country, the restaurant has an extensive selection of wines, many of them local. They also have a great list of local desert wines, I would recommend trying the Zin Alley port, or the Nerelli After Hours which is made by the son of the Zin Alley owner.
SERVICE: The service could not be beat. We were attended to very well. The server had a great knowledge of the food, including specifics on where it all came from. I threw her for a loop when I asked some specific questions about the wine, but she was able to get the answer in no time.
OVERALL: Having traveled up and down the state for some time now, there are not too many stand out places to eat. They are there, you just have to find them. McPhee’s is not only a place that I would return to, it is a place that I would plan my trip around just to ensure I would be eating there. I am eager to return and sample some of the other items on their menu.
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