Last year restaurateur Richard Sandoval announced plans to open Toro Toro, a pan-Latin steakhouse, at 1300 I Street, Northwest. The 140-seat space in Franklin Square will debut in March, joining local Sandoval eateries Masa 14, El Centro D.F., Ambar, La Sandia, and an upcoming Mexican spot in Shaw.
Those familiar with Sandoval’s restaurants will find similarities, such as a spacious outdoor area in the form of a 40-seat patio and a 70-seat lounge that hosts dancing on certain nights. The hedonistic brunch of bottomless brunch cocktails and small plates will be offered Saturday and Sunday, while you can also opt for the “rodizio experience” on weekdays with unlimited grilled meats carved tableside. Other dishes include ceviches, arepas, and other items meant to share.
Washington has always been known as a steakhouse town, but several restaurateurs are bringing Latin flair to the concept. Chef Victor Albisu spurred the trend with Del Campo’s debut last year, while Philadelphia-based restaurateur Jose Garces plans to launch an Argentinian-style version in the Loews Madison in the coming months. Better than “female-friendly” steakhouses? We think so.