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Mar 21, 2008 01:58 PM

Porto's Bakery - what kicks ass?

I very rarely get up to the Glendale / Burbank area, but yesterday found me trolling down Brand Boulevard near lunchtime. Carousel to the left of me. Porto's to the right. Both Chowhound favorites I'd never been to.

Having remembered the Chowhound love for the potato balls, I turned hard to starboard and moored behind Porto's. At 11:15, the place was already packed. After a fairly substantial wait, I ordered a medianoche sandwich and one of the famed potato balls. Both very good, but I think I enjoyed the deep fried ground meat filled croquettes even more than my sandwich.

There were some other croquette and empanada looking things in the hot display case. My guess is that those don't suck either. Endless rows of sweet pastries looked good too. What else do you Porto's regulars recommend next time I'm in your part of the world?

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  1. Guava-cheese pastries.
    Pineapple-cheese danish.
    Chocolate croissants.
    Carrot cake.
    Fruit tart.
    Mango cheesecake.
    Cheese rolls.
    Apricot danish.
    Coconut strudel.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      I second the guava-cheese strudel, cheese rolls, and mango cheesecake. All three are fantastic!

      1. re: trishyb

        I have to third the guava-cheese strudel.

      2. re: Das Ubergeek

        I dream about that coconut strudel sometimes. It's very, very sweet, but at the same time buttery, crispy and coconutty. You must be a coconut lover to appreciate it (that and the candied coconut balls).

      3. Porto's is pure evil. Everything is to die for, and I normally steer clear. With that said, and since I work in Glendale and know Porto's quite well from all of the office parties and such, the Crumb Cake (especially when fresh) is out of this world wicked delicious! I love their brownies, tre leche, sugar puff cookies (that literally melt in your mouth), coconut strudel pastry and feta cheese sandwich. Their apple and fruit tarts are quite good.

        The only things I truly would not recommend are their cupcakes. The icing is a mouthful of lard and not sweet enough to justify. Their cookies are so-so, and honestly, I'm not a fan of the potato balls. The meat pies are where it's at! ;-)

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        1. re: lolachowgal

          Well said. I just tried their location in Burbank. I love the atmosphere there more than Glendale and the people behind the counter were very very nice.

          1. Papa have to try them! Mashed potatoes stuffed with spiced ground beef, then deep fried! Also ham croquettes, the same thing but with ham and cheese, no beef! The pastries are very tasty too, but definitely try the fried bites and the cuban sandwiches also.

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            1. Cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls, cheese rolls.

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                1. re: Professor Salt

                  We have converted folks to Portos simply with the cheese rolls. SO good. And one morning we got there as they were putting a tray out warm from the oven - angels sang at the first bite. Really. On key and everything.

                  1. re: happybaker

                    The cheese rolls, the papa rellenas and the ham croquettes are my faves.