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Porto's Bakery

7 Ratings: 4.3
A bakery in Los Angeles, California

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Address: 315 N Brand Blvd Glendale, CA 91203
Phone: (818) 956-5996
Hours: Mon-Sat 6:30am - 7pm Sun 7am -5:30 pm
1 review about Porto's Bakery

Porto's Bakery: The Quintessential L.A. Eating Experience

  • Dec 16, 2010
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Garnering lofty praise from both national food writers and local bloggers for some time, Porto's has a non-pretentious charm set amidst the eclectic boutiques and cafes of Brand Ave in Glendale.  The place is gargantuan, busy and efficient.  It's the quintessential SoCal eating experience: food choices galore and a diverse clientele that will always include hispanics, filipinos and armenians.  They come by bus or Benz, mini van or Mini Cooper for the fresh baked greats (trust me, they're not just goods!) made with top-quality ingredients and presented in absolutely stunning elegance.  The lines during peak rushes will remind you of waiting to ride the Matterhorn at Disneyland, but the dozen or so workers behind the glass counters keep things moving.  I despise lines.  Usually, I'll attempt to visit a food establisment during slow times.  I don't think there is such a thing at Porto's.  And for good reason.

It is, quite simply, amazing.

During my first visit, I was somewhat thankful for the long lines.  It gave me the opportunity to do some recon, peruse the inventory.  It was a feast for the eyes.  Everything looked sooooo good!  For the first time in my life, money was not an issue.  I didn't care one bit what anything cost.  I was going to purchase what I wanted.  I was dead set on stimulating the economy in one fell swoop.

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With some realistic encouragement from my wife, I came to my senses and settled on a few items: one apricot danish, one brownie, one chocolate croissant, two raspberry kisses, and two dulce de leche kisses.  The treats filled a dozen-donut box.  To our surprise and relief, all this yummiliciousness cost less than a dozen donuts, just over five bucks!  I dare you to find more perfect croissants.  Buttery, flakey and buttery, they're a treat in themselves.  Dip the ends in high-end european chocolate and ... *drools and loses focus*  The other items were all equally evil, the apricot danish being my wife's fave.

With the realization that my five dollars and change worth of spending would probably not be quite enough to officially end the recession (they say it's over, don't they?), I jumped back into line (I really do despise lines).  This time, I made a bee-line for the hot counter that was adorned with savory appetizer-sized goodies.  Bedazzled by the om- nom-nom-ness of this incredible food, I forgot to take pictures.  Let me attempt to paint pictures with words.  Potato Ball (excellent) - mashed potato filled with a tasty ground beef mixture (similar in taste to filipino menudo, which is nothing like Mexico's tripe-filled counter-part), breaded and deep fried to a beautiful golden brown deliciousness.  Chicken Croquette (better than excellent) - a creamy dough mixture with diced chicken, breaded and deep fried.  Ham Croquette (good) - same thing but with ham and a tad salty.  Meat Pie (good) - seasoned ground meat wrapped up in a pleasantly flakey phyllo dough.  Chorizo Empanada (excellent) - a classic dense crust filled with very tasty, slightly spicy, not-at-all greasy chorizo sausage; the telling feature is the pronounced chile flavor of the meat.  Quite a bit of yummiliciousness, but still not enough to stimulate the economy.  Once again, just over five bucks.  And we were stuffed.  Do the math and you'll be impressed to note that we spent about 11 bucks for an amazing breakfast (plus left-overs) for two.

We made a return trip the very next day.  The only reason we didn't come back the same day was because we went to a Pastor's retreat 200 miles away in Pismo Beach.  We made Porto's our dinner stop on the way home.  Croquettes, potato balls, and an apricot danish all made repeat appearances.  We experimented with the following items:  Red Velvet Cupcake (very good) - moist and yummy (I never use the word yummy), with a great cream cheese frosting; topped with red sprinkles and a rose petal.  Fresh fruit tart (excellent) - this item was picked pretty much for its visual appeal (pictured below with cupcake in background), but it also packed a wallop of a gastronomical punch; this is really saying a lot, coming from a guy who normally picks heavy, rich, chocolatey desserts.  Rellenitos (weird) - plaintains and black beans; must be a cultural thing; not gross, just not my thing.  Cinnamon Rolls (very good) - I like mine gooey-er.  Cheese Rolls (beyond excellent, approaching legendary) - I have no words; seriously, I'll buy a dozen of these next time.

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Good thing my church has an addictions program.

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February 07, 2011
Hahaha... this is probably the best suggestion for stimulating the economy that I've heard for a long time! Let's schedule an appointment with the Obama administration with your brilliant suggestion! Congrats on the nomination, I hope you win and can trade in the Golden Thumb somewhere so that you may give us all a treat here!!! ;-)
February 07, 2011
Thank you, Sharrie! Who wouldn't go for that kind of stimulus package? They were trying to get us all to buy plasma screens! Why not pastries?
February 07, 2011
For me, pastries rule, LOL... I think it's because those in the administration are mostly men! If they had been more women, well, it's a different story! No one will have a recession with a woman president around, we are known to be great shoppers! ;-)
 
December 21, 2010
OMG this place lakes AMAZING. I've always passed by it, but never went in (probably because I'm always on a mission when I'm at the mall). Will definitely check it out next time! Thanks Jay!
 
December 17, 2010
The chocolate croissant caught my eye! Great review :)
 
December 16, 2010
Legendary cheese rolls! All I can say is that I'm drooling and extremely jealous! I want a bakery like this in MN. Awesome review:)
December 17, 2010
We've been to MN and there's some good eats there! But, yes, every city should have a Porto's!
 
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