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Porto's vs Mendocino Farms

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I'm planning to get some sandwich platters for a birthday party next month. Based on some rave reviews here, I was planning to go with MF but found out that only their Marina Del Rey location is open on Saturdays which is about an hour away from us. It will be pretty tight schedule-wise to pick up the sandwiches when MF opens and rush back in time for the party to begin. Do you think it's worth the effort to go with MF or will guests be just as happy with the sandwich platters at Porto's (which is much closer)? Thoughts?

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  1. IMHO, unless your guests can appreciate the difference and if you're hella lot closer to Porto's, go with Porto's. No sense in driving yourself crazy and across town when you have a very viable option that is much closer. They're two different styles of sammiches in approach - MF is ingredient- and execution-focused with a strong California feel, while Porto's is more traditional (in a Cuban-American sense), a little more price-conscious but with a high Quality/Price ratio.

    I don't think most would not find Porto's sandwiches lacking - they're pretty good, particularly since the bread is so fresh and the fillings are generous. If I arrived at at party and a table full of Porto's Cubanos, Lechon sandwiches and whatever else they had to offer were staring at me, I'd cry tears of gratitude.

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      i think MF would be tastier but do I think it's worth the price difference? No. EVERYBODY loves Portos.

      1. re: ns1

        And if you go to Portos, you can accidentally get some pastries to reward yourself for all the hard work you've done for the party...

        1. re: happybaker

          Really great idea. I wish I lived closer because I am seriously addicted as are the people I send over there.

        2. re: ns1

          I went to Porto's once and thought it was crap. LOL. But it does seem that everyone else loves Porto's.

          1. re: sushigirlie

            SG -
            It depends on what you order. And what you like!

            1. re: happybaker

              porto's has a lot of great things to eat. unfortunately, the sandwiches aren't among them.

          2. re: ns1

            Maybe it's just me, but I'd prefer MF. But as mentioned above, I do like some of Porto's sandwiches, but sandwich against sandwich, MF is far better IMO, and the prices aren't that much different. Porto's is around $7-8 if my memory serves me, while MF is around $8-10. If the placdes are side by side, I'd shell out the couple extra bucks for MF. Given the OP's situation, I'd go with Porto's, or with any suggestions from folks who live in the general area that would be better. As for their baked goods and desserts? It's really hit and miss if one is objective about it. Some of their stuff is pretty good (again, based on QPR), while some of their stuff just doesn't rate - just my honest opinion.