Toro Kitchen & Bar
Should your inner flamenco dancer need a fix or, better yet, a platter of paella, this St. Paul Square outpost (there’s also a location on 1604) fits the bill. The dimly lit dining room, with closely set tables and a mirrored bar along one side, is perfect for a gang of friends. Tapas hit the table one by one, as the kitchen prepares your choice of a seafood, meat, or mixed paella (or even a vegetarian version, if that’s your thing). Adventurous? Try the lesser known arroz con costra, a similar rice-based dish, heavy on yummy Spanish chorizo and earthy morcilla sausage and finished with an eggy crust. On the tapas side, we loved the serrano ham croquettes, grilled pulpo, and a little plate of anchovies marinated with vinegar and garlic. Oh, and the mussels, classically steamed with butter and garlic. Service is lively, but you might wait a bit for the kitchen to catch up, so plan on a leisurely meal.
City: San Antonio