L.A. Eats: Porto’s Bakery & Cafe

Porto’s is a very popular Cuban bakery chain in California. Being the tourist that I am, I had to see for myself what the rave was all about. We went to the branch in Buena Park, California.

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The storefront is quite spacious as it has both a bakery and a cafe.  The first struggle was the long line, and took us about 15 minutes before our turn. The second struggle was having to choose from the myriad of pastries, breads, cookies, and muffins and cakes. Most of them under USD 2 (AED 7.34) only!

Amazed and overwhelmed, I went blank for a few minutes. Where do I begin?

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The popular items here are Cheese Roll, Potato & Cheese Balls and Guava & Cheese Strudle. The items are freshly baked, using the same recipe since the 1960’s which is what make them so popular. The best part is the prices are crazy low!

Here’s a list of some of the baked goods they offer:

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Potato ball. A soft mashed potato ball filled with seasoned ground beef, fried to golden brown. USD 0.99

Cheese Roll. Sweet, flaky pastry dough filled with cream cheese filling. USD 0.84

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Cheese & Spicy Peppers Potato Ball. A blend of 4 Cheeses (Mozzarella, Parmesan, Asiago, Ricotta), Roasted Onions and Spicy Roasted Peppers (Serrano Peppers, Poblano Peppers, Red and Yellow Bell Peppers). USD 1.29

Guava & Cheese Strudel. Flaky puff pastry filled with guava and cream cheese. USD 0.94

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I liked ALL of them! I bought 2 boxes so I can share the goodness back home.

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There are so many fancy cafe’s out there but people will always go back to simple, humble, home-baked pastries.

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