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Sandos Sub Shop (Formerly Porto's Surf Cafe)

Manhattan Beach Delivery and To Go Restaraunt

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  • Jan 27, 2009
It seems to me that Porto's Surf Cafe does not receive the same buzz as the prior spot Papa Jake's.  Although, having experienced both extensively, the under rated Porto's is really growing on me.  Ryan White, the new owner and Manhattan Beach native, worked at Papa Jake's for a long period of time so you will definitely see a lot of similarities.  Those Papa Jake fans will be happy to see almost no difference to the signature Philly cheesesteak, having the same roll and garnished with the same sweet peppers and hot peppers. 

In addition to specialty sandwiches and salads, they now offer burgers, smoothies, falafel, humus, onion rings and french fries (including red sweet potato fries - even sounds boutique and are delivered separately in a small paper bag which really helps maintain the crispness and integrity of the fry that is normally lost with delivery). 

What I really enjoy about Porto's is Ryan's passion and insistence on using only the freshest and most natural ingredients.  Porto's serves Estancia free-range burgers, Jidori chicken, Niman all-natural bacon and hot dogs, and Coleman all natural turkey.  They also pride themself on carrying several flavors from the Guayaki beverage line, which I'm a huge fan of...  I think it is really cool that from a small sandwich shop, you are getting the same products/ingredients that you would expect from a Whole Foods. They are also big on only using only 100% eco-friendly plates, utensils, cups...

I've had only positive experiences with Ryan and the delivery crew.  I'm rooting for their success.  They can cater from 10 to 200 people and also offer on-site cooking.  Or just use them how I do, which is most weekends with the delivery service (which is free in MB by the way).  I hope you enjoy it!!

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April 03, 2009
Great review. Do we have a competitor to my beloved North End? I had no idea that little place used such good ingredients and I had no idea that I can get my beloved Chicken Cordon Blue sub w/ hot and sweet peppers (a sandwich made famous by the former proprietor, Jake Lodish).
April 03, 2009
wow, nice pull with jake lodish, solid!!!
January 27, 2009
Very good point Dan, I agree with your take.. Generally speaking i like the motto 'core and explore'. For Porto's, my core is always the chicken cheese steak (sometimes the regular cheese steak) and then I explore with a complimenting order such as a side of humus, sweet potato fries or Primi salad, which has a bit of everything, but so much so, it needs to be fine tuned to your liking...
January 27, 2009
Great Review. I was a big fan of Papa Jake's and was sad to see it close. I consumed many a chicken cheese steak and many an Italian sub in my days living in El Porto. I must admit I was a little distrustful when I popped my head into Porto's mainly because in my experience, when a small restaurant tries to do too many things, all the dishes tend to suffer. I had trouble believing that a small kitchen could turn out a quality cheese steak and a falafel pita. Your positive review has overcome my skepticism and convinced me to give them a try. Thanks!
January 27, 2009
ha, that is funny, i saw you requested the phone number in the wiki at first which is no longer in your comment, i assumed you thought i had some type of bat line, sorry to disappoint that i don't, ha... Good call on adding the delivery charge outside of MB for the wiki. By lunch time, i will have added the delivery charge to your El Segundo office..;^)
January 27, 2009
yo!! @kjmedia... nice to see in here. I'm impressed with the maiden review... great work!! I'm most impressed that you have been having hot dogs delivered to your house!! How can one not be impressed by that?!?!?! How about the charge for delivery outside of Manhattan Beach? Great review man!!
More Sandos Sub Shop (Formerly Port... reviews
review by . September 14, 2010
posted in MBlocal
Same as it ever was - only more. Whitey learned the ropes from Jake back in the day and he still has the same cheesesteaks, tuna, and hot and cold sandwiches as when the place opened. But now there's even more - fries, o-rings, Falafels. Los Angeles Magazine gave him a thumbs-up. The Cordon Bleu rocks.
Quick Tip by . May 24, 2010
posted in MBlocal
Laid back, great service, Solid Sandwich!
Quick Tip by . May 24, 2010
I just had the most amazing, perfectly executed sandwich for lunch. 5 stars!
Quick Tip by . March 04, 2010
posted in MBlocal
this used to be Papa Jakes cheese steaks. they have a new name but cheese steaks seem very similar.
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