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© Hilary O'Rourke
The South End

Ken Oringer's smash take on a tapería is an atmospheric spot. With its exposed brick and wooden beams, central communal table and blackboard chalked with drink specials, it effortlessly captures the rustic spirit of Spain - which its customers invariably catch in turn, swigging wine from juice glasses or cava from porrónes. The food is superb. Buttery, cider-simmered foie gras sausage, immaculate salt cod croquettes and seasonal treats showcasing glass eels or green chickpeas prove the much-touted grilled corn with alioli and crumbled cotija (pungent aged cheese) is no fluke.

Venue name: Toro
Address: 1704 Washington Street

Cross street: at West Springfield Street
Opening hours: 5.30pm-midnight Mon-Wed, Sun; 5.30pm-1am Thur-Sat
Transport: Orange line to Mass Ave
Price: Main courses $20-$35.
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