porto’s bakery and cafe / downey – los angeles, ca


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

6 Responses

  1. I used to go to the Porto’s in Glendale almost every week when I worked down the street. I miss the potato balls! I also used to love the medianoche and Cuban sandwiches. Many an office birthday cake came from there too. So glad to see a family business thrive so much!

  2. Darlene says:

    I agree that the potato balls here in San Diego pale in comparison to Porto’s which spoiled me for fresh, hot and cheap potato balls. Every time we go up to L.A. near the vicinity of Porto’s, we alway stock up on a few dozen cold potato balls to take home and freeze whenever the craving here in San Diego strikes. And the Medianoche sandwich is fantastic.

  3. Sandy says:

    I had my husband buy the potato balls at Portos when he had an appointment in LA. Even reheated, they were delicious, and I can only imagine how good they’d be fresh. He bought an assortment of pastries (including a whole cake) for what I thought was a low price. Now I need to go …

  4. mary says:

    Hi Kathy – It is nice to see a family business thrive that much! They have an insane amount of baked goods!

    Hi Darlene – I realize now I should have taken some to go but it didn’t occur to me at the time. Next time, I will be prepared.

    Hi Sandy – The prices are very good for what you get – and tons and tons of choices! I’d been wanting to go for a long time so I’m glad I finally went. Hope you get to as well!

  5. heh heh, you said potato balls.

    But seriously, we are going here! It’s on my list of places to go while on our road trip,. We’ll probably hit up the one in Burbank since we’ll be in that area in a few days.

    I’ve heard so much about Porto’s so thanks for the preview of what we’ll be eating! 🙂 plus the Iron Fist drink too! Oh yeah…

    • mary says:

      Hi CC – YAY potato balls! I’m sure you’ll also be in disbelief over the amount of baked goods they have. It’s a bit crazy. Happy eating!

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