Hot potato, the earliest dish designed to be passed, is nearly extinct due to the constant ravages of grade-school appetites. Today's Groupon revives shifting sustenance: for $20, you get $40 worth of Spanish fare and drinks at ¡Toro! Tapas Bar on Elmwood Avenue.
Billed as Buffalo's first tapas bar, ¡Toro! metes out skillfully crafted combinations of olive-, cheese-, meat-, and seafood-based snacks, which can be nibbled alongside signature Spanish entrees or accompanied by more than 100 imported and domestic wines. The paella serves two to three people with heaps of shrimp, lobster, clam, and chicken mixed into saffron rice ($46). The characteristic Iberian dish can be coupled with a bottle of imported Campo Viejo tempranillo ($24) or polished cutlery that enjoys long walks on the beach. Patrons can order from the eclectic tapas menu that includes lobster risotto ($21) or tangerine-barbecue pulled pork ($14) while dining amid the restaurant's polished wooden surfaces, deep red accents, and streamlined furniture.
Toro Tapas Bar
Chefs at Toro Tapas Bar infuse their genre-defying tapas with creative fusion cuisine such as bison quesadillas and saffron lobster. Waiters transport small- to medium-size plates to glossy red tables, where diners share bites family style, as mixologists behind a dramatically backlit bar fill goblets with more than 100 wines. High ceilings with exposed girders soar above the space, and terra cotta walls bear abstract paintings that, if stared at long enough, reveal a 3D image of which diner will pick up the bill.
492 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14222