While driving through the beautiful wine country in Paso Robles, midway between Napa and Los Angeles, we came upon Farmstand 46, a little cafe/market. Farmstand 46 is all about preparing gourmet, healthy food from organic estate-grown vegetables and herbs.
I was a little surprised though to find that there was not a vegan sandwich on their menu. Luckily, there was a vegetarian one that was easily modified to become vegan. We placed our orders, then walked around the store where we discovered unique food items such as bars and drinks we hadn't seen before.
Outside you find their gardens, which are where they source the ingredients for their sandwiches and salads. Adjacent to the cafe is a winery because you really can't have a cafe without a winery in Paso Robles.
When our food was ready, we took a seat at a shaded picnic table outside and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. The sandwich I ordered was about as good as it gets in this less-than-vegan-friendly town. The Badger, as it is called, had roasted squash, eggplant, red peppers, tomatoes, onions, and basil pressed in a panini grill on ciabatta. It was quite tasty. It was served with pickled green beans, cauliflower, carrots, and celery.
We could have sat there for hours, but, fortunately, we had more wine tasting to do! This is a great place to grab a quick, healthy lunch as you take a break from tasting the big, bold wines of Paso Robles.
3750 Highway 46 W
Templeton, CA 93465