Porto’s Bakery and Cafe of Los Angeles

Porto's Bakery and Cafe

How can Porto’s Bakery and Cafe be a riddle wrapped in an enigma? For me, at least. I heard it first in Laoag. I’ve been coming to LA since 1987, and no one in the family has ever mentioned even just the word Porto’s, to think that the Glendale Porto’s is easily accessible from our house. After having gone to Porto’s three times since I arrived, and was only able to be seated at third try, I figured — IT’S THE LONG LINES.

Porto'sGuava Cheese Strudel

Mom says she’s first heard of Porto’s, the Cuban bakery, when she was new in America because of the guava roll. Besides pastries and cakes, savory items such as empanadas and tamales fly off the shelves quickly. Because we were eating brunch, I had a Cubano sandwich with slow roasted pork, ham and Swiss cheese on Cuban bread. Not counting the sweet roll, Nikko’s Medianoche Preparada with ham croquette is the same.  The Medianoche Preparada is tastier in case you will have to choose between the two sandwiches. But there’s more, like omelettes, I heard, are good. Nikko got me a potato ball, which was exquisitely seasoned.

Cuban Pork TamalePorto's CakesPorto's CakesPotato BallPorto's Sandwiches

Fried plantain comes with a sandwich.

My sister ordered one cheese roll and guava cheese strudel to go. Both are  lip-smacking, the flaky and buttery texture of the pastry is sensational, so much like arguellanas. The cheese roll had me.

Porto's Bakery and CafePorto's Pastries

Portos has three locations, namely Burbank, Glendale and Downey.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2015

2 thoughts on “Porto’s Bakery and Cafe of Los Angeles

  1. There are lots of them in the US (much more on the East Coast). Best thing about Cuban bakeries/pastry shops are their presentation behind the glass, every single one I’ve been on, even the ones in ‘less desirable areas’, are nice like that. The color, the sizing, and they even put it in there nicely. I think the lighting helps too. Haha. Makes you want to order even if you didn’t come in there for that. I always order Havana sandwich (ham/pulled pork with potatoes inside) or empanadas.

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