In the cultural dining landscape, it's easy for diminutive tapas plates to be eclipsed by burly bowls of pasta, jewel-like sashimi, and fragrant heaps of tikka masala. But when those little dishes are created by chef Jamie Bissonnette and delivered in a rustic-chic setting (complete with mounted cattle head), the reaction is big. At TORO, the South End's Spanish retreat, students and urban yuppies alike clamor for the addictive morsels, like maiz asado con alioli y queso cotija, which is to corn what "Bitches Brew" is to a trumpet honk. Factor in the many Spanish wines (available by the porron) and bottles of High Life, and it's little wonder Bostonians are bullish about this spot.
TORO | 1704 Washington Street, Boston | 617.536.4300