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Toro, still really good

mkfisher May 22, 2013 08:02 AM

I've been meaning to post this after my last couple visits to Toro... Toro, is in case anyone forgot, still really good. For my money there's no better value in Boston than our usual meal of pimientos del padron, serrano wrapped dates, the outrageously good paella valenciana and some churros for dessert. Wash it all down with a couple Brooklyn Summers while scraping the bottom of the paella pan with some bread and you've got a tremendous meal. Then again, we don't mind getting there at 4:30pm on a Saturday. I'm not sure I'd feel the same way if I had to wait a couple hours.

I usually enjoy the cocktails at Toro as well. Tried the Honey Badger (moonshine, honey, forget what else it had) from their boozy section on this last visit, and I was mildly disappointed. Was more fruity than boozy. That'll teach me to stick with beer.

  1. Kat May 25, 2013 02:01 PM

    I still love it there too.

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      Gabatta May 22, 2013 03:03 PM

      Excellent food. Possibly the most obnoxious, entitled crowd in Boston. Waiting brings out the worst in people. I wish Toro was open straight through the afternoon like Coppa to allow for a relaxed mid afternoon feast.

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      1. re: Gabatta
        MC Slim JB May 22, 2013 03:08 PM

        It is still a damned pleasant, stress-free lunch experience. In the evenings, I tend only to go solo now; it's the least painful, maybe the only way to get seated without enduring the scrum for too long.


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          Taralli Nov 14, 2013 07:47 AM

          4 of us hoping to eat there Friday, 11/15, for an early dinner. Do they close between lunch and 5:30 dinner? If we're there by 5:15, do you think we'll be able to snag a table?

          1. re: Taralli
            purple bot Nov 14, 2013 10:13 AM

            I believe they do close between. If I'm not mistaken, the bar opens at 5 and the dining room at 5:30.

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              mkfisher Nov 14, 2013 10:46 AM

              I'm fairly certain the bar opens at 4:30. If you get there at 5, it'll probably be full by that point.

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                Taralli Nov 14, 2013 11:20 AM

                Just called & recording says 4:30. Atho' they say dinner service begins at 5:30, is any food available at the bar at 4:30?

                1. re: Taralli
                  mkfisher Nov 14, 2013 11:36 AM

                  Not unless you consider cocktails food.

                  1. re: mkfisher
                    Taralli Nov 14, 2013 11:59 AM

                    Lol. Where would you go as a backup plan, if we can't get a table? Haven't been down that end of Washington St in a while.

                  2. re: Taralli
                    MC Slim JB Nov 14, 2013 12:16 PM

                    I think they might have a limited menu available in that brief window, cold things like tortilla espanola, olives, anchovies, cheese, almonds, etc.

                    Walkable alternatives that I like include Estragon, Teranga, Stella, Estelle's, Orinoco, El Centro, The Gallows, and Boston Chops.


                    1. re: MC Slim JB
                      Taralli Nov 14, 2013 12:27 PM

                      Thanks so much.

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          ScotchandSirloin May 22, 2013 02:33 PM

          I love it every time I eat there. Although most times I go they tell me it is a 2.5 hour wait, so I don't eat there most times.

          1. MC Slim JB May 22, 2013 09:27 AM

            So crowded nobody goes there anymore.


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              aregularjoe May 22, 2013 08:13 AM

              Second that! Toro is outstanding....

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