Porto's Bakery -- I am speechless!
We went to "check out" Porto's Bakery in Glendale for our first time. I was expecting the usual...a case or two of day-old pastries, etc. etc.
We saw the crowds on the sidewalk as we approached, and we knew we were in the right place! Oh -- WOW! Where have I been all my life that I have missed this place? Two huge rooms filled solidly with customers enjoying their Porto's selections. The lines were somewhat chaotic -- there were several and we didn't know which line to enter -- but I am not sure it matters.
We ordered the Midnight Sandwich and a guava-cream pastry, to share. The sandwich was perfect, and the pastry was ... well, perfect as well!
This place is "not-to-be-missed!" We enjoyed the Glendale location, but I am told that the Burbank bakery is the newer of the two.
135 North Brand Blvd.
My first loving memory of Porto's...walking to Portos with my God Mother after church on a Sunday to pick up a Rum Cake for my Brother's 7th Birthday.
We had had Portos before, but I had never gotten to go. Back then, it was in the smallest place, next to the tiniest little post office...over the years, I've watched Portos grow as they got to watch me grow up...same people over 30 years...still wonderful people, familiar faces.
They even remembered me after beign gone for 7 years.
One of the first places I visited when I moved back to town.
That Guava cheese danish is my favorite sweet, next in line line is the Rum/Guava cake thing...mmm.
The Potato Balls, Meat Pies, and Croquettes are the best hangover cure, comfort food craving soother, and yummiest guilty pleasure that I've adored for most of my life.
Love that they are still around, still have food that tastes great, and obiously take care of their employees...how else could they keep the same people for 30 years....there are at least 3 of them that Iknow for sure have worked there that long.
Hooray for PORTOS!
Thanks for a little "history," tatertotsrock! This helps me to understand the place and its adoring customers. You have explained why it felt like the camp mess hall inside (I say this with fond memories of my camp rec hall dining experiences). But I must add, the food at Porto's is extraordinary!
30-year loyal employees says it all!
And thanks for confirming my order of the guava-cheese danish. Truly, I could have ordered anything, but I just happened to be ordering in front of this particular pastry, so this was the easiest to point to. Really, everything looked great!
It's funny, thanks to the Burbank location...I've now gotten the honor of watching several friends try the potato balls, meat pies, croquettes, and the guave/cheese danish....I've created several monsters after bringing them two of each yummy treat and they went nuts...keep in mind, one fellow was the owner of one of the gyms I was a trainer at...the other people were other trainers and a few clients...it gets really funny when several times I'd go in for a cafe con leche, a potato ball, a meat pie and a guava danish (now, I'm supposed to be the example of good health) and run into my gym owner and another trainer chowing down on the Cubano sandwich, and a ton of other treats...we were all pretty guilty, but all we could do was laugh and keep eating.
When food is that tastey and that cheap, how can one really feel guilty.
I like the Burbank location now just for the parking ease, and it's close the studio where I'm an Indoor Cycling Instructor.
Not trying to one up you, tatertotsrock, but as a cuban growing up in Silverlake in the early 70's, we used to go the Porto's home, knock on the back door, and collect our family birthday cakes, including a big celebratory hug from the mom, and a hi from the kids. Looking back, it was like a drug deal going down because it was before they had opened up their first store. I love going to the Glendale store and getting behind the counter to get my hug and kiss from them still. They're a great family.
The first time I wandered into Portos many years ago, it was just the bakery. Now look at it! I love all the pastries with guava. The little cheese pastry (no guava) is also excellent.
You can order sandwiches from the pastry side too.
I remember the prices were unbelievable, too. you get the best of both worlds at Porto's... great food at great prices... no wonder the place is busting at the seams all the time.
long live Porto's!!!
wizardx - Thanks for this link. I vaguely remember reading it several months ago, but at the time it did not mean very much to me. NOW...I'm salivating on every word!
I really do not think it matters what you order there..."omakase" (chef's choice) for me! Really, I could blindly choose and I would be happy. Of course, I am still thinking about a few items: the midnight sandwich (really tasty!), and the fresh tray of chocolate croissants that passed by as I was in line (I did not try one, but my eyes had the entire tray!).
We were in Glendale; now I want to go to the Burbank shop.