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Sep 5, 2007 09:33 PM

Tres Leches at Portos???

Have any of you tried the Tres Leches at Portos? What do you think? Is there somewhere that it's better? I need to bring dessert to a Mexican themed potluck and am not up to cooking... any take-out ideas?

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  1. Hi,

    I've had the Tres Leches at Portos along with pretty much everything else they make. It's pretty good and definitely worth bringing to the potluck. I've had better Tres Leches but it's usually homemade or when I'm in Mexico. The other thing is that Portos has built such a "legendary" reputation (not sure if it's that warranted) that if you tell people you got it from Portos, most people walk away satisfied.

    1. A couple of months ago, we had the tres leches cake at MILK (7290 Beverly Blvd., LA). It was extremely rich and far better than I have had elsewhere, but I was glad to share it! It was also very pretty and would look great on any table.

      1. I have had pretty much everything at Portos and agree that their reputation is a bit "inflated". Their cakes are pretty good, but way too sweet.

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        1. re: minnie

          just ate at valley portos tonight..hadn't been for ages..potato balls, sw steak salad and
          guava cheese pastry were all two clients loved their cuban sandwiches too...staff were warm and helpful..just wish they'd stay open later!


          1. re: limaboy

            Really? Their cuban sandwiches aren't that great. I only get their potato balls and I dip them in green tabasco. Their meat pies are over-hyped as well. I've never had their dessert but their smoothies are disgusting. I don't see what the big deal is. Yes, they have a large selection and the cakes look beautiful. Ah, I never go out of my way for Portos but if I'm in the neighborhood a couple Papa Rellenos are a nice treat sometimes. PS. my boyfriend is cuban and doesn't really care for Portos either. Their croquettes do not compare to his grandmama's

            1. re: missmodular818

              The thing is, Porto's is a bakery. They specialise in pastries. They don't specialise in croquettes, they don't specialise in smoothies. They offer them, yes, and theoretically everything someone offers should be good, but saying that Porto's isn't very good because their croquettes are bad is like saying that Morton's isn't good because you don't like their fish.

          2. re: minnie

            I agree. I definitely have had better (and cheaper) cakes elsewhere. They sure are purty, tho.

          3. Odd as this is gonna sound, I had a great slice of Tres Leches from the Pavilions at Melrose and Vine... anyone else had their cakes? The Colossal Chocolate (big rich slice cake with like seven layers sandwiched with rich filling and dark chocolate top frosting), the Mocha Caramel, and Raspberry Cream are great too in addition to that Tres Leches.

            1. I recommend this hole in the wall place called Pasteleria Miriams. It's an amazing find in a not so great area. They make the best tres leches i've ever tasted. Prices are amazing and they do a variety of decorations.

              1274 N. Lake, 626-797-4948