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What is good at Porto's?

fdb Nov 5, 2007 10:38 PM

Will be in the area tomorrow afternoon. Besides the cheese danish, what else is worth checking out?

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    Bjartmarr Nov 21, 2007 08:39 AM

    Based on this thread, I made a trip there while driving past on the 134 yesterday. I can't say I understand what the big deal is. I got a potato ball, a meat pie, a medianoche preparada, and a guava cheese pastry. The sandwich was pretty good, the pie and potato ball were sort of generic, and the pastry was okay but nothing to write home about. I'd probably eat there again if I was hungry, on a budget, and in the neighborhood, but it's certainly not something I'd drive out of my way for.

    I will say that it is a good deal: the sandwich was around $4, and everything else I got was under a buck.

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    1. re: Bjartmarr
      ns1 Nov 21, 2007 09:04 AM

      you didn't get the cheese rolls

      that is your problem

      1. re: Bjartmarr
        slacker Nov 21, 2007 11:41 AM

        You know what, I wasn't going to post on this thread bc Portos has been done and re-done here. But I must agree, Porto's is not all that. I started going there many years ago when it only occupied the bakery side, so i'm not exactly a newbie to Porto's.
        The sandwich breads I've had there are dry. The enitre Cubano is dry: dry bread, sometimes the dry crumbs fly into my throat and makes me cough; dry pork. The guava in the pastries are overly sweet. The plantain chips are boring. Cant' comment too much on the potato balls since I don't eat beef, but the rest of it is, well, so what. I guess all the flavor must be in the beef. I've tried a lot of the pastries and some sandwiches, and everything is just ok or not too good. I do, however, really like the cheese pastry. Plus the prices are right and if I'm in the area, I'll continue to stop in. Really like the vibe there too.

        1. re: Bjartmarr
          Pei Nov 21, 2007 12:18 PM

          I agree. I love potatoes, so the potato balls are a favorite of mine. But only when hot, and even still I won't drive all the way to Porto's just to get them. Everything else was just okay, the cakes are on the sweet side for me, and I got a half dozen things but don't remember anything. I would definitely go if they were in the neighborhood, but a 30 minute drive? Nah. I get my potato ball fixes when other people go.

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          goodfoodguy Nov 8, 2007 12:31 PM

          The only thing I would travel there for are the small ham croquettes!

          1. CarlieInLA Nov 7, 2007 04:06 PM

            along with what the others say, def the mango cheese cake and the pina colada bomb. I also love the medianoche.

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              avena Nov 7, 2007 07:56 AM

              SPINACH CROISSANT!!!!!

              1. Das Ubergeek Nov 7, 2007 06:59 AM

                Let's not forget pineapple cheese danish and, of course, if you get a chocolate croissant while it's still hot, you will die of pleasure.

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                  fdb Nov 6, 2007 11:11 PM

                  Thanks everyone for your suggestions. No one mentioned Caesar Salad....well, I was pleasantly surprised today at how good it was. The romaine was very very fresh and crispy, and the dressing creamy and flavorful. Better than the pricier versions in some upscale restaurants. We weren't hungry enough to try everything but we liked our sandwiches a lot. Since I have to make a weekly trip to Glendale, I'll be sure to sample through all your suggestions in the weeks to come.

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                  1. re: fdb
                    crystaw Nov 7, 2007 11:33 PM

                    I agree with the potato ball suggestions! (YUM) I'm also a big plan of their plaintain chips with the garlic-ky sauce.

                  2. mrshankly Nov 6, 2007 03:14 PM

                    -potato balls
                    -ham croquettes
                    -guava cheese danish
                    -tres leches cake
                    -medianoche sandwich

                    And that's just for your first visit!! Ha!! Enjoy!!!

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                      Joe Nov 6, 2007 03:03 PM

                      You can't go to Porto's and not have their Potato balls. Very good and a must.
                      That said, if you're having lunch and are into pork, a few Cuban style sandwiches to pick from. If you're like me and don't care for pork, you can try their Ropa Vieja (sp?) sandwich. So good and tender. Served on a soft french roll bread.
                      Also, another must for me is their cheese Guava pastry. YUM!!!

                      1. tatertotsrock Nov 6, 2007 11:39 AM

                        2 potato ball
                        2 meat pies
                        2 croquettes
                        2 guava cheese danishes
                        2 cafe con leches

                        and bring it all to me...thanks!

                        Bottom line, "what's not good at Porto's" should be the questions.
                        Order everything and enjoy!

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                        1. re: tatertotsrock
                          ns1 Nov 6, 2007 11:57 AM

                          cheese rolls (or whatever they're called) definitely

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                          cincodemayo1 Nov 6, 2007 11:05 AM

                          If you plan on eating lunch there, get the Medianoche Preparada.

                          The medianoche itself is ham, roasted pork, & Swiss cheese served with mayonnaise, mustard, and pickles on a toasted sweet roll. But the "preparada" has ham croquettes on it as well, and is the way to go.

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                          1. re: cincodemayo1
                            wilafur Nov 6, 2007 11:47 AM

                            ooh, i'll have to try the preparada next time. i usually only get the medianoche.

                            it's all about:

                            - papa rellenas
                            - medianoche
                            - guava cheese danish
                            - cafe con leches

                            damn, looks like tatertotsrock and i have somewhat similar tastes. hehe!

                          2. alohaanna Nov 6, 2007 08:50 AM

                            The chocolate cake there is unbelievable!! Yes, the papas rellenos, too. I also love the empanadas. The guava pastries are the best ever and always a huge hit when I bring a box of these to my office. mmmm

                            1. burumun Nov 6, 2007 08:49 AM

                              The potato balls!! Also, the meat pie, and the ham croquette
                              I also like their opera cake, fruit tart, mango mousse cake (they're good and cheap ;> )

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                              1. re: burumun
                                passport Nov 8, 2007 11:00 AM

                                I'd second the fruit tarts. The big sizes have the most variety of fruit, but the mini ones are a good way to finish off a meal.

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                                alexkenefick Nov 5, 2007 11:00 PM

                                The potato balls are called Papas Rellenos.

                                They have a seperate case of warm and savory goodies there--that's what I go for. Ham Croquettes, are like the Papas Rellenos, other savory delights. They'll sell you a cuban sandwich, but nothing compares to the Medionoche sandwich at ... where is it--somewhere on Paramount Boulevard in Paramount of Downey... Anyway, you're going to Portos, so I'd suggest comming hungry for lunch and snuggling up to their warm savory baked goods.

                                1. Pei Nov 5, 2007 10:49 PM

                                  The potato balls for sure!

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