Best of Boston

2008 Best Spanish Restaurant


Tweaking tradition here and there (as anyone who’s had the hamburguesas de Kobe can attest), Ken Oringer’s tapas joint is nonetheless an exemplar of the form. The bistec de faldilla a la plancha, a tender skirt steak served with red onion marmalade and Cabrales blue cheese butter, is a must; the cured ham, a staple in any Spanish restaurant, far outshines other local jams in quality. With such fabulous food and amiable service, Toro gets the balance of spicy and soothing precisely right.

1704 Washington St., Boston, 617-536-4300,