Panolivo Family Bistro is one of my favorite casual eateries in Paso. Owners and chefs Didier and Beatrice serve traditional French family fare with fresh California ingredients, as well as a wide variety of other offerings including many salads, sandwiches, pastas and vegetarian dishes. I love the seafood croustade filled with shrimp, scallops, baby clams and calamari in a creamy mushroom white wine sauce with its flaky house-made puff pastry. Panolivo is the only place in San Luis Obispo’s north county where I can get escargot anytime I feel so inclined. Other great traditional French dishes include boeuf bourguignon and chicken cordon bleu. For lunch I love the seafood Cobb which has a generous amount of fresh seafood with a tasty lemon vinaigrette and side of lemon aioli. They have gluten-free breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, the most extensive that I have seen in north county, including pastas, bread, pastries and desserts. They make gorgeous and delectable French pastries; my son who is the chocolate expert recommends the “opera” or “chocolate dome.” Panolivo also has a children’s menu. The atmosphere is a cheerful yellow and green, Provençal style. French sodas, and a nice selection of French and California wines are available. Now housed in Panolivo is the popular San Luis Obispo restaurant, Jaffa, which serves gyros, schawarma, kabobs, falafel and other Mediterranean favorites. With Jaffa in the same building, there are even more menu options and diners can order from both menus. Prices are reasonable; the restaurant is a short two blocks from the Paso City Park. Dogs are welcome on the outside patio.
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