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What are the best authentic Spanish Restos within 128

Winer Feb 19, 2008 09:15 AM

I am having a friends in town and they love Spanish food. What is the consensus as to the best in the area?

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    joebelt RE: Winer Feb 19, 2008 09:18 AM


    1. gini RE: Winer Feb 19, 2008 09:56 AM

      I like Toro in the South End immensely - great tapas, good bar and a lively atmosphere. They also serve an assortment of "entree"-sized plates.

      Dali's fine for tapas, but it's somewhere in the middle of my list. Great sangria though.

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        yumyum RE: gini Feb 19, 2008 09:58 AM

        Second Toro.

        Others like Taberna de Haro, too. I thought it was about equal to Dali, neither of those is GREAT, just good.

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          heathermb RE: gini Feb 19, 2008 10:02 AM

          I am a big fan of Toro. I especially enjoy the many seafood options and the simple and delicious joy of their pan con tamate. Yum.

        2. Prav RE: Winer Feb 19, 2008 09:59 AM

          I lived in Spain for a while and though tapas are usually just simple bar foods, Taberna de Haro in Brookline has some good renditions of them.

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            heypielady RE: Winer Feb 19, 2008 10:12 AM

            Another vote for Toro. I think it is the most authentic. I like Dali but I find the offerings uneven. For example I liked the squid in its own ink and the tortilla espanol (not hard to make) but last time I was there they did not have real chorizo. The atmosphere is really fun at Dali though.

            Nobody's mentioned it yet but thumbs down for Tasca in Brighton. There are a couple of ok things on the menu (albondigas and setas al jerez) but the "casoulet" is like canned soup.

            1. BobB RE: Winer Feb 19, 2008 01:36 PM

              Taberna de Haro. I've spent a fair amount of time in Spain and they are by far the most authentic in the area.

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                heWho RE: Winer Feb 19, 2008 02:17 PM

                I'll pin it right at 128....

                I haven't been there in a while, but Solea on Moody St. in Waltham has good tapas. Not as good as Toro or Dali, but it's worth a mention.

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