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Toro - first time - what to order?

sallyt Nov 12, 2009 12:38 PM

Any recs for Toro? I don't eat red meat or pork and would love recs - thanks!

1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

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  1. rlh RE: sallyt Nov 12, 2009 12:42 PM

    The carmelized lime caipirinha and the corn, beloved corn.

    1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

    1. MC Slim JB RE: sallyt Nov 12, 2009 12:54 PM

      I often bring a friend with similar restrictions, and the vegetable dishes are great here: pan con tomate, maiz asado, pimientos del Padron, escalivada Catalana, grilled Brussels sprouts, grilled cauliflower, vegetarian paella. Plenty of good chicken and seafood, too: I especially like the uni sandwich, the Catalan seafood stew, and the salt cod fritters.


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        MParente RE: MC Slim JB Nov 12, 2009 04:04 PM

        I love, love, love the bacon wrapped dates that are stuffed with manchego. Love.

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          MC Slim JB RE: MParente Nov 12, 2009 04:50 PM

          Me too, but the OP doesn't eat pork.


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            twentyoystahs RE: MC Slim JB Nov 13, 2009 04:45 AM

            oh no! is bacon pork????? (i don't eat pork either, but love me some good bacon!) ;)

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              MC Slim JB RE: twentyoystahs Nov 13, 2009 05:43 AM

              I could only think of this exchange:

              Lisa: No, I can't! I can't eat any of them!
              Homer: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. Lisa, honey, are you saying you're *never* going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?
              Lisa: No.
              Homer: Ham?
              Lisa: No.
              Homer: Pork chops?
              Lisa: Dad! Those all come from the same animal!
              Homer: Yeah, right, Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal!


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        bostonfoodz RE: sallyt Nov 12, 2009 04:10 PM

        we love love the tuna crudo. pan con tomate w. anchovies, tortilla espanola, patatas bravas and any gamba dish too. have fun!

        1. opinionatedchef RE: sallyt Nov 12, 2009 09:23 PM

          the eggplant, the eggplant ,the eggplant. sigh (I WANT some. NOW!!) And did I mention the eggplant?

          1. BellatrixStar RE: sallyt Nov 13, 2009 06:24 AM

            My boyfriend and I go to Toro often and I have the same dietary restrictions....THE GRILLED CORN, Chicken & potato empanadas, Pan con Tomate, Garlic shrimp, the hummus, Tuna tartare...and did I mention THE CORN?! It's really delicious!

            1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

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              sallyt RE: BellatrixStar Nov 13, 2009 06:28 AM

              Thanks for your recs, and for making me laugh - yeah, bacon is pork - for me, it's a kosher-esque thing.

              We ate the eggplant (great!), corn (AMAZING!), garlic shrimp (excellent), tortilla espanola (delicious) , and the fried potatoes (loved the aioli with them).

              Incidentally, my friends got the date/bacon combo dish, and loved them --

              thanks again!

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                keith RE: sallyt Nov 13, 2009 07:08 AM

                It's a Kosher thing, but you're ok eating shrimp? I was under the impression that only seafood with "fins and scales" was acceptable dining. As shrimp doesn't fit this criteria, isn't it just as forbidden as pork?

                I only ask because a good friend who keeps kosher has been telling me for years she can't eat shrimp (or any shellfish) either, and I'd love to be able to expand her horizons.

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                  sallyt RE: keith Nov 13, 2009 09:12 AM

                  This was my family's version of kosher when I was growing up - no pork, but shellfish outside of the house was ok (thus why it's kosher-esque but not really kosher). So - I love shrimp, eat it frequently (and eat it in my home) but have never touched pork in my whole life. In my experience, people have different versions of kosher according to their childhood experiences - and it can vary by family member (my sister loves bacon).

                  So, yes, if your friend is keeping kosher by the books, definitely no shellfish...

            2. opinionatedchef RE: sallyt Nov 13, 2009 12:45 PM

              sally, thanks so much for reporting back. Makes a big difference to us all.

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                zebedee RE: sallyt Nov 14, 2009 06:39 AM

                I know I'm too late, but the churros are really tasty. Next time :)

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