In demand eatery expands its commitment to serving organic, local food
With an innovative seasonal menu that reflects the abundance of fresh, organic foods on the Central Coast, Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen works with local purveyors and farmers to source only the freshest organic and local produce, grass-fed and natural meats, as well as local fish. Breads are always crafted by local bakers who are celebrated artisans of their trade, wine lists are curated to showcase the diversity of the area’s wine region, and special care is taken to ensure the menu delivers bold flavors and innovative, seasonal offerings.
The Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen San Luis Obispo team is led by Executive Chef Justin Casey and Chef Elijah Blackburn. Chef Casey, who has trained under Michelin starred chefs and worked at such praised Bay Area restaurants as Aqua and Thermidor, brings his farm-fresh, seasonal culinary approach to the Thomas Hill kitchen. “I like to focus on using great products and treating them with respect and love,” shares Casey, who strives to create “simple yet elegant food that’s memorable.” Continues Casey, “San Luis has offered me a great place to cook and raise a family, and I am very excited to be working with a restaurant that puts so much focus on utilizing the best of what the Central Coast has to offer.”
In addition to a menu that changes weekly depending on the season and availability of ingredients, Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen in San Luis Obispo features a full bar serving innovative cocktails and Central Coast wines to complement the locally-focused, seasonal menu.
The much celebrated Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen in Paso Robles–established in 2009–was one of the first restaurants in the area to craft a menu dedicated to organic, locally-sourced ingredients. Following the success of her Paso Robles location, owner and visionary Debbie Thomas decided to open a second location in San Luis Obispo to accommodate the demand for her authentic, regional cuisine while furthering her passion for sharing fresh, locally sourced ingredients with the Central Coast. “I am looking forward to being a part of San Luis Obispo with its thriving and vibrant downtown,” says Thomas.
Having spent over four years discussing the possibility of a Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen expansion into San Luis Obispo, Thomas is confident now is the perfect time to carry out this growth. “People on the Central Coast have adopted the movement of farm-to-table and buying local,” says Thomas. And, with the development of the new mixed-use space in downtown San Luis Obispo’s Chinatown, the timing seemed right. Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen in San Luis Obispo is located on Monterey Street above the newly-opened Williams Sonoma, near Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.
Hours for the San Luis Obispo location are:
- Brunch ~ Saturday & Sunday, 9am to 3pm
- Lunch ~ Monday through Friday, 11am to 3pm
- Dinner ~ Sunday through Thursday, 5pm to 10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5pm to midnight
Sampling of the Fall Menu
Tito’s Moscow Mule
Casamigos Silver Margarita
Crisp Pork Belly Benedict
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Baby Beet & Burrata Salad
Black Lentil Tacos
Main ~ Lunch
Painted Hills Hangar Steak Salad
Furikake Crusted Ahi Tuna
Main ~ Dinner
Jerk Spiced Maple Duck Two Ways
Niman Ranch Pork Tenderloin
Salted Caramel Panna Cotta
Negranti Creamery Sheep’s Milk Ice Cream
About Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen
With a dynamic menu reflecting local abundance, Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen sources a vivid array of fresh ingredients to create bold, imaginative dishes. What began as a humble organic CSA showcasing the Central Coast’s bounty quickly evolved into a popular destination for honest food, creatively prepared. Owner Debbie Thomas and the culinary team believe in the significance of organic, regionally-produced food, working with local farmers and purveyors for poultry, seafood, grass-fed beef, lamb and exotic meats. Nearby farmers provide all fruits and vegetables, which are always straight-from-the-earth fresh, and breads are crafted by local bakers who are celebrated artisans of their trade. The new Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen in San Luis Obispo is located at 858 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or call 805.457.1616. The Paso Robles location is 1313 Park St., Paso Robles, CA 93446, or call 805.226.5888. For more information about Thomas Hill Organic Kitchen or to make a reservation, please visit www.ThomasHillOrganics.com