Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A sexy restaraunt in the South End of Boston? Mark and Lynn experience TORO

In our not completely limited experience of eating and drinking in Boston we have had pretty good eating and drinking experiences.  Never, however, before have we found a really sexy restaurant in the area;  until now, that is.  Toro is a tapas restaurant owned and operated by Chef Ken Oringer in the South End of Boston that has a great, diverse menu of small plate offerings after the Spanish fashion. 

The space, as mentioned earlier, is quite sensual with great lighting, nice looking distressed seating and furnishings and warm, attractive servers and staff.  We have always thought Boston to be considerably more stressed than New York, but here, we found that customers seemed more relaxed and willing to unwind than usual.  

As for the food;  the beauty of Toro is that there are so many affordable dishes; there are several appetizer style dishes under $5.00 (we had Tuna Salad with anchovy, a sweet tasting Grass Fed Beef Heart with Romensco, and Toasted bread with tomato, garlic and sea salt-all less than $5.00).  Other offerings we enjoyed were the griddled garlic shrimp; a hefty and spicy paella made for two and corn on the cob with a kind of spicy creme sauce adorning it that was as sweet and filling as any dessert.

Boston is a progressive city when it comes to being green (sometimes annoyingly so).  Toro is justifiably proud of not only its use of local fare and  Toro's website makes mention of a myriad of green practices such as the fact that they are partners in attempts to recycle wine corks to make footwear as well as the fact that soy based inks are used in the printing of their t shirts.  This kind of thing seems less self-conscious in the context of Toro's chicness and allure.  In any event, Toro is well on it's way to becoming our favorite dining spot in Boston.

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I (Mark) have written for The Christian Science Monitor, Clear Magazine, Picture Magazine, Film Score Monthly, Dan's Papers, Rue Morgue, In Flight USA and a lot more publications that I can't remember.... My wife Lynn was a model with the Ford Agency and her photography has been featured in most of the publications I have written for...


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