Sunday, August 30, 2009

Porto's Bakery

I know I've been MIA on here, but in my (lousy) defense, I've moved, don't have internet in my new place and been quite busy with life overall. Much of what I've been eating has been unremarkable or already been covered, but I do have a new obsession that is worth sharing with you all: Porto's Bakery!

A Cuban bakery with a big space and a lot to choose from. This photo shows about 1/3 of the bakery case.
portos 001

Charles loves their eclairs and now he cannot visit without getting one.
Portos eclair

Insides! Charles appreciates the fact that they are not stingy with the custard.
Portos eclair inside

One of Porto's signature items is the cheese roll. Similar to a cheese danish, but with a flaky exterior. Get it, it's damn good.
Portos cheese roll

The chicken croquette has a creamy filling and is good. But my favorite is...
Portos chicken croquette

The potato ball! Think fried potato ball with taco meat. Not entirely accurate I know because there are specks of bell pepper in the filling, but that's how my brain has filed it away.
Portos potato ball

A respectable cherry turnover with gorgeous sugar crystals. Would be perfect with tea as an afternoon snack.
Portos cherry turnover

Inside shot shows the lovely layers and simple cherry filling.
Portos turnover inside

The best part of Porto's is their pricing. Here is my receipt:
Portos receipt

$4.22! And this is when I got extravagant for the sake of the blog. Normally, I get a potato ball and a cheese roll ($0.65) and am full. And don't worry, I didn't forget you folks drooling over the eclair; it's only $1.50! Even with a coffee or milk, breakfast usually runs us $2 something. For a quick breakfast in the greater LA area. I keep expecting someone to say "just kidding," but it is for real. When you scramble over there, though, be aware that there is a separate line for bakery items and other menu items like sandwiches, etc. Hope you'll try it!

Porto's Bakery
3614 W. Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505-2913
(818) 846-9100


weezermonkey said...

We had those potato balls at our most recent work event! They were such a hit!

yutjangsah said...

i love porktos. so cheap so tasty.

tamarindandthyme said...

Ooooh, I love Cuban savoury pastries - brilliant that you have a bakery near you!

Mary P. said...

the Potato ball looks good. There's something about rows and rows of smallish food neatly lined up under a domed display case that is irresistible!

Marie said...

Weezermonkey: Potato balls are zee best! I could've been eating these for years now, oh well better late than never.

Yutjangsah: Porktos! You're never unwitty, I love it.

Su-Lin: It IS brilliant; is it terribly American of me to say that I wish to use the word "brilliant" more in the way Brits do?

Mary: Yes, and you should see the equally impressive domed display case of the large cakes!

Diana said...

I just had Porto's for the first time last week. LOVED the cheese roll. Was kind of meh on the potato ball though. I think because it was a bit cold by the time I smacked my jaw around it.

Hope you are settling into your new digs!

Marie said...

Diana: Glad you got to try some of their goodies! I always eat the potato ball while it's hot, but could just not be your thing. :P

Ravenous Couple said...

we just went here for the first time a few weeks ago...and it was great! didn't try the potato ball though..will have to go back!

Marie said...

Ravenous Couple: Ah, Porto's, isn't it grand? Love it for lazy breakfasts to take back home!