Hours: Tues-Thurs 5-10 pm, Fri-Sat 5 pm-midnight, Closed Monday
Formerly an old storefront next to the Wonder Ballroom, the Spanish tapas sensation Toro Bravo is creating new fans on a daily basis. Order at least three items from the menu: Though the portions are generous by "small plate" standards, you'll want to sample as much as you can. (Even better: Go with a group, and try almost everything.) Starters like marinated sheep’s cheese with harissa and mint, gear you up for heartier courses like an incredibly tender hanger steak with roasted potatoes, braised lamb with couscous, or salt cod fritters with aioli. There's plenty here to satisfy vegetarians, too, from soft polenta to assorted veggie plates or ultra fresh salads. Meanwhile, an inventive cocktail menu relies heavily on Portland's local distilleries.