Ken Oringer’s Toro | South End | Tapas

I never get sick of visiting my friends at work. Especially when said friend works at a ridiculously good restaurant (which I happen to have a few of). In this case, the ridiculously good restaurant I am referring to is Toro; Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s Barcelo-inspired tapas bar located on Washington Street in the South End.

Mural we passed in the South End on our way to Toro

If you haven’t been to Toro yet, I can’t even begin to describe what you are missing. From its bustling casual atmosphere to the mouthwatering tapas and phenomenal paella (which takes at least 20 or so minutes to prepare) Toro is perfect for any and all occasions. Unfortunately you’ll probably find yourself waiting for an hour or more to get a table on any given night. But if you’re smart like me you’ll show up for lunch on a slow day, or sneak in solo and snag a seat at the bar on busier nights. Definitely not a place for big groups and they don’t take reservations, but all that’s neither here nor there, because the food is worth it!


Hummus | Argon oil, za’atar, and fresh chickpea

Anna’s Empanadas | Chicken and potato empanadas, aji roja and alioli

Milanesa Bocadillo | Chicken, avocado, Oaxaca cheese, chipotle mayo, refried beans

Mejillones con Sidra | Mussels with chorizo and basque cider

If at this point you are asking yourself “is this as good as it looks?” well the answer is yes, yes it is. It’s better than it looks. And the fact that everything’s served up in smaller portions and intended to share lets you order SO much. It’s perfect for people with food ADD, or whose eye’s are almost always bigger than their stomach, which tends to be me in most cases.

Next up is what Toro call’s “La Especialidad de la Casa,” the corn!! The infamous dish recently got a head nod from one of my other favorite eatery’s Parish Cafe, who added it to their menu.

Maíz Asado con Alioli y Queso Cotija | Grilled corn with alioli, lime, espelette pepper and aged cheese

Patatas Bravas | Fried potatoes with alioli and spicy tomato sauce || Atun Crudo | Yellowfin tuna with fermented black beans and ginger

SO GOOD! Not only is the food amazing, but so is the staff; their always accommodating without being overbearing which is always a nice surprise at such a busy restaurant. I hate to say I have yet to try their award winning brunch, but that’s next on my list of things to do.

And for those of you who tend to be on the thirstier side, I’ll let you in on a little secret…they serve $1 PBR tall boys, something they don’t publicize on the menu but feel free to order one if your in the mood to get a little  boozy on the cheap. Not a fan of PBR? Their house wine goes for $5 a glass and is actually quite good. Not like the stuff you buy in a box for $10.

If we had a 5-scale star rating for Just Add Cheese I would give Toro 7.

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