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PDX: Toro Bravo, tapas

Epicurean | Feb 24, 200806:53 PM

Just got back from our Toro Bravo excursion....I remember reading a post "...paley's, wildwood, yada yada yada, but dont miss Toro Bravo.." -- I thought WOW, how do you put tapas in the same category as Paley's? -- Now i know.

we have been to most of the Chowhound's recommended restaurants, and this one is a real standout....Parenthetically, we went to The Farm last night and it was also one of the most memorable PDX meals in a while.....

I must say we "used the force" and order perfectly at Toro Bravo. It will be hard not to order the same items next time. Shocker of the night: Out of the 6-7 dishes, the BRUSSEL SPROUTS were the highlight among many standouts. They were served with bacon and a sherry cream sauce. Every item was outstanding!! Manchego and smoked paprika fritters, a must have. Grilled Bread with sauted hedgehog mushrooms. Amazing butternut squash dumpling (quinelle really) with stewed lamb - these gnocchi like dumplings were one of the best homemade pastas i've had. "Drunken pork with white beans" -- incredible pork tenderloin wrapped in jamon. My wife had a wonderful Albarino all night and i had a great rioja, crianza ((after a nice bourbon drink)).

We cant wait to go back. We will hopefully go back at least once before we leave town....

Thanks for the rec!!!

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