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Porto's Bakery & Cafe

Cuban Restaurant and Bakery$$$$
Downey
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  • Gabriela A.
    "The potato balls guava and cheese strudel are naturally, delicious."(48 Tips)
    Pamela P.
    "Cheese rolls, potato balls, macaroons, and dulce de leche cookies!"(9 Tips)
    Christel L.
    "Potato balls, cheese rolls, guava strudel, plantain chips, YES!"(5 Tips)
    Aurelle Y.
    "Guava Cheese Rolls & Chicken Croquettes"(5 Tips)
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  • Alwyn L.
    Alwyn LoaOctober 21, 2012
    There's always a lot of people but its worth the wait! Watch the signs for lines. Cakes only, Cafe, Pastries. I love the potato balls and the baked ham and cheese croissants! Cheese rolls with guava!
  • tina t.
    tina tanJuly 17, 2015
    Aside from the famous cheese roll, tried the apple and guava strudels and chocolate croissant. Their cubana sandwich is also good. Pair them up with Latte. Cakes are great and prices are not bad.
  • Christel L.
    My favorite of all Porto's locations. Always crowded, but no surprise because the pastries, sandwiches, and drinks are delicious! Potato balls, cheese rolls, guava strudel, plantain chips, YES!
    Upvoted Jun 7
  • Vanessa C.
    Vanessa CNovember 3, 2011
    If you're ordering a full cake, there's a special line for you :) Go straight to the "whole cakes" line rather than the main (super long) lines. You can also order other pastries in addition too
  • Steve A.
    Steve AlfaroApril 15, 2013
    Any of the three Porto's that you go to will have long lines, the restaurant @ Downey is the only one that I've seen has three different lines. Definitely take your patience along with you.
  • Donna
    DonnaNovember 11, 2010
    Porto's awesome food never disappoints though the lines are long. Staples to get are the cheese rolls, potato balls, empanadas. Great pan con lechon sandwich. Love the dulce de leche latte! :)
  • Kirk C.
    Kirk CartozianJanuary 23, 2011
    The chorizo and egg breakfast sandwich is one of the best things between bread I've ever head. Add some Tapatio for just the right kick, and a fresh-squeezed OJ to wash it down.
  • Eliud M.
    Eliud M.April 23, 2014
    This place is HUGE, the staff is super friendly the various alternatives for breakfast, lunch or dinner are what you expect from a pure Panaderia Puertorriqueña but Cuban style!
  • Barbie C.
    Barbie COctober 13, 2011
    Try Cuban tamale, papa rellena, ham croquet, meat pie, plantain croquet, gauva pastry, tres leche cake, cuban cake, cuban sandwich, Materva soda....and anything else thats cuban
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GarciaAugust 13, 2015
    GOTTA GET potato balls & cheese rolls. Everything else they have is also good but lines gets reeaaally long especially on Sunday afternoons
  • Kirk C.
    Kirk CartozianJanuary 23, 2011
    The chorizo and egg sandwich is one of the best things between bread I've ever had. Add some Tapatio for just the right kick, and a fresh-squeezed OJ to wash it down. Booya!
  • Julie C.
    Julie ChanAugust 4, 2013
    lines are quick an fast although they are long! I love the meat balls and all their pastry items are mouth watering delicious. so fresh!
  • Superb
    SuperbJuly 16, 2012
    Though you might be tempted to fill up on potato balls and cheese rolls, make sure to save room for one of their sandwiches! We love the cubano and the pan con lechon.
  • Meilissa
    MeilissaNovember 18, 2015
    Don't freak out seeing the long lines, it moves pretty fast and is totally worth the wait. I always get potato ball, ham croquette, cheese rolls, and guava strudel.
  • AEROLUCIFER
    AEROLUCIFERNovember 10, 2012
    More than yammy! It is like Europien bakery. It's remainding me this place my home back to Czech republic. I hope they'll open more stores close to Southbay area or beaches.
  • Dionicio O.
    Dionicio OrtizJanuary 7, 2011
    OMGoodness...literary everything on the menu looks great! I enjoyed the natural Strawberry Banana smoothie far one of the best smoothies I have had. CON: Long LINES =P
  • Barbie C.
    Barbie COctober 13, 2011
    I have been going to Porto's (in glendale, when it was the only one) since I was a very little girl. I saw this bakery grow from a little hole in the wall to the expansion it is today. I LOVE PORTO'S!
  • Eletta B.
    Eletta BonfantiOctober 9, 2011
    If you haven't heard o this place already ... It's not to miss ... Absolutely delicious ... From the coffee to the delectable desserts to the Cuban sandwiches ... Amazing!!!!!
  • Rocio G.
    Rocio GamezMay 14, 2013
    If you've never been here... It's a must try! Whenever I'm around the area I always have to make a quick stop. I'm addicted to their dulce de leche cookies!
  • °_°
    °_°January 18, 2012
    Their Tres Leches cake is awesome. The line tends to move fast. Staff moves pretty quick. Cheese rolls, potato balls, everything in their bakery cases...great!
  • Meilissa
    MeilissaNovember 18, 2015
    If you have time to hang out here, you definitely should try the breakfast croissant. I love the omelette ham & cheese!
  • Gabriela A.
    Gabriela ArreolaApril 23, 2011
    The italian sub is really good. The potato balls guava and cheese strudel are naturally, delicious. The mango and green tea smoothie are delicious as well.
  • Danielle C.
    Danielle CoatesMarch 2, 2014
    If you order a sandwich to go you don't get the chips! Order for there and then you can put it in a to go container that are located all over the cafe
  • Jan G.
    Jan GonzalesSeptember 22, 2013
    Inca Kola contains 40g sugar. It explains a lot if what I've seen here so far. Other than that, employees seem friendly and baked good is amazing!
  • Maribel T.
    Maribel TostadoDecember 12, 2011
    Try the rellenitos...especially the ones with banana. They are yummie. Also if you don't like lines don't come here. Always a line but worth the wait.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MJanuary 21, 2013
    The Bistec Sandwich is soooo good! I wish I had some jalepeños to eat it with. This place is definitely worth the hr and a half drive round trip.
  • Michelle T.
    Michelle TDecember 28, 2011
    It's cheaper to order a dozen for potato balls, cheese rolls or guava cheese rolls. You can also order any number of baked goods from the deli side.
    Upvoted May 15
  • Samantha
    SamanthaNovember 12, 2012
    I've been going to the Porto's in Glendale for 17 years and this is by far my least favorite. The food is fine but the the layout is horrible and the workers are rude.
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BourgeoisSeptember 12, 2013
    Absolutely incredible pastries! Don't be overwhelmed at the counter and know you will leave with at least three boxes full of sugary goodness.
  • Steve A.
    Steve AlfaroApril 15, 2013
    My Common Order: Guava Cheese Strudels (Refugiados), Meat-Filled Pies (Pastel de Carne), Potato Balls, Cuban Sandwich....Tomorrow I start my diet!
  • Leah J.
    Leah JohnsonDecember 29, 2013
    The horchata latte with the guava & cheese roll is superb. The chicken croquettes are like Brazilian coxinhas but even more delicious.
  • Aurelle Y.
    Aurelle YNovember 17, 2010
    The long line is definitely worth the wait & it moves fast! Cheese Rolls, Guava Cheese Rolls & Chicken Croquettes are my top 3 favorites!
  • Adam A.
    Adam AshleyFebruary 14, 2013
    Best bakery in Los Angeles!!! Prepare to wait in line. But, overall a wonderful experience. The bakery has been featured on the Food Network.
  • Christine T.
    Christine TironaDecember 3, 2013
    Porto’s Bakery Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Relief FundraiserUntil Wednesday, December 4 Each Porto’s Bakery location will donate 20% of the sales from regular size Cheese Rolls to the American Red Cross.
  • Leticia G.
    Leticia GonzalezJune 6, 2014
    Stick to the pastry & deli line for ALL GOODS. Remember there's a cake ONLY line. You'll have to make 2 lines if you go there first.
  • Antoinette C.
    Antoinette ChristinaJanuary 21, 2012
    Try the famous Potatoes Balls and the Fresh Egg Bread loaf is perfection! For lite meal, the southwestern chicken salad is a MUST!
  • Leticia G.
    Leticia GonzalezAugust 31, 2013
    I prefer the line in the left. I think it goes shorter & you can order the same as the right line. Potato balls are the best.
  • Brad Y.
    Brad Y.November 6, 2010
    Don't let the large crowd scare you off. The Pastry line moves very quickly and is 100% worth it. Awesome to have Porto's in Downey!
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HatmakerApril 20, 2013
    It can be overwhelming if this is your 1st time here. Go with someone who has been here before and don't come if you're in a rush.
  • Sharmin K.
    Sharmin KarimOctober 21, 2011
    The guava and cheese rolls are delish. And the southwestern chicken grilled salad is very tasty and they give you a huge portion.
  • Sean C.
    Sean CoronaNovember 28, 2010
    Way overrated. Filled with trendoids that just like try whatevers new. Go to Panera instead. Cheaper, less crowded, and way better food. The banana chips taste like crap.
  • Antonio C.
    Antonio CastilloMarch 17, 2013
    Guava and cheese empanadas are a must, also try the blueberry and caramel cookies oh and don't forget the alfajores!
  • Thomas I.
    Thomas ItpickJune 25, 2012
    Looks like a cafeteria but eats like a restaurant. Pastries are great, they even have a cake corner. try a little of everything.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WeeSeptember 3, 2015
    Cheese rolls and guava cheese strudel are a must try! Don't fret too much about the queues as it goes fast
  • Phil R.
    Phil RojoJune 18, 2014
    The chicken croquettes are like a little ball of friend chicken & biscuits that you get from The Cheesecake Factory.
  • Frances
    FrancesNovember 24, 2010
    Single/small orders are at the left, dozens/cases are to the right and whole cakes are at the back (rightside) by the stairs!
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McGovernMay 25, 2013
    The Laredo , egg & cheese omelet , with black bean , avocado and tomato on Cuban bread
  • JJ T.
    JJ TabayNovember 10, 2012
    Don't let the long lines scare you, they're super efficient and the wait is never as long as the lines make it look.
    Upvoted May 15
  • Robert L.
    Robert LitJuly 14, 2015
    Food is good but the kitchen sucks! They need to add more people in there specially during dinner time and close to closing.
  • Pablo A.
    Pablo ArevaloNovember 15, 2013
    Get any table in the outter area so you enjoy the windy weather and order a New York Cheesecake
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