The centerpiece of a grassroots restaurant empire that also includes Tasty n Sons and the Mediterranean Exploration Company, John Gorham’s Toro Bravo is Spanish food executed with perfection and panache in the Portland tradition -- which is to say, it focuses on seasonal ingredients, and isn’t afraid to go off the script.
On the old-school side of things, you can get braised beef cheeks, patatas bravas, fried empanadas, and the best damned octopus a la plancha you’ve ever had. The rest of the menu speaks to Spanish food while embracing outside influences, whether its foie gras complemented with Spanish Moscatel grapes or Moorish lamb chops with a bevy of unexpected spices. Oh, and because every Portland restaurant must, they’ve also got a great burger. Pro tip: there will be a wait -- a wait that’s much more pleasing over craft cocktails at the Secret Society next door, or frozen margaritas and beers at Bunk Bar, also next door.