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Toro Tonight...

BeantownHound | Feb 10, 200805:26 PM

Went to Toro tonight in the South End. Second trip for me. First time I tried it out about 6 months ago I was not that impressed. I found the food to be alright with the prices to be a little on the high side. My second Toro experience was far better. A busy Sunday night. After hanging around the full bar for twenty minutes surviving off a pitcher of sangria, we found our way to one of the center tables. Our meal consisted of: Marcona Almonds, a nice casuela of them, salty, creamy, delicious. Salchicon on toast, just ok. Seared foie with cocoa and blood orange, weird combo but somehow really great together. Salt Cod Croquetas with aioli, decent salt cod cakes, nicely fried and crisp. Eggplant with garlic, oh yea, very, very good on a bit of bread. Very good. White anchovies, also wonderful and delicious with bread, mostly the fish doing the work here not the restaurant but whatever. The Pork belly special with escargot. Not a combination that I would ever consider. Very well done. Pork was perfectly cooked, snails made a great pairing. Tortilla was not my favorite ever, but also far better than the last trip to Toro that I had. Overall I felt that Toro had the atmosphere, food, service, and price range that I feel makes it the best tapas restaurant in Boston. Although not as good as say a Boqueria in NYC (sorry to bring up the Boston/NYC debate), it is a very good option in the South End, one of my favorites now in fact. I hope that it will continue to expand the South end dining scene farther and farther towards and past Mass ave.

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