One visit to this Cuban family-owned bakery, which started as a modest cake business in Echo Park in the 1980s, and you'll be making excuses week after week to come back for fresh-out-of-the-oven cheese rolls, decadent fruit tortes and pies, authentic Cuban sandwiches, and flaky chicken empanadas. Perhaps what they're best known for, though, is the potato balls—stuffed mashed potatoes fill with ground beef and fried to a beautiful golden brown. If you're in the market for a birthday cake, Porto's has excpetional deals on cakes as well (the tres leches is tops). Can't make it to the Glendale spot? Other locations include Burbank and Downey.
|Venue name:||Porto's Bakery & Cafe|
315 N Brand Blvd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 6:30am-8pm; Sun 7am-6pm|
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There's a reason people drive all the way from wherever to go to Porto's - it's simply amazing. Also, very cheap. Sometimes I wonder how they do it! The different kinds of croquettes are my favorite things to order and they're all delicious. They also serve great coffee and juices. Plus, they have a huge parking lot!
Everything here is amazing, from the sandwiches to the smoothies to the cakes—the potato balls are divine. You can usually order on either side of the restaurant, and though the lines can back up to the door, they tend to move. Seating is a little tight, but compared to the Burbank location parking is much easier (there's a spacious garage across the street with short-term free parking).