Porto's Bakery and Cafe

 Ropa Vieja with a Guava Shake and Mariquitas with a garlic dressing

Refugiado - Guava and Cheese Pastry
Potato Balls

Italian Cheesecake
Porto's is a Cuban, family-owned bakery that has been around since 1960.  On November 9, 2010 they had a grand opening of their third location in Downey, CA.  This new location is not too far from me compared to the other two locations in Burbank and Glendale.  I normally don't like to go to any grand openings because of long waits, inexperienced staff, and lower quality products but this time I couldn't resist.  I mean, c'mon, it's Porto's!

Of course I experienced all of the above minus the quality of products.  They were just as good as I remember - flaky and fresh pastries.  Abigail and I ordered the Ropa Vieja sandwich with shredded beef and peppers because I wanted to relive the dish I had in Miami (read about it here).   On the side we had Mariquitas - fried plantains with a wonderful garlic sauce that they gave waaay too little of.  I ordered a guava shake to wash it all down.

Their pastries are so wonderful.  You can tell they were just baked that day because of the flaky crusts and the freshness of the fillings.  I can never look at the cheese danish from my coffee house the same way again.  Porto's cheese rolls are too good.  The filling is not too sweet and comes in just the right amount.  If you like fruity fillings try the guava and cheese pastry, refugiado - it's tart and sweet.  The potato balls have a light crisp but a hearty filling.  Those are a must try.  They are so popular you can get a sandwich with them inside.  By the time we got to the Italian cheesecake we were so full but just had to try it.  It was light and creamy and it had bits of pear throughout.  A perfect size for an individual or two super full friends to share.

Porto's Bakery specializes in holiday treats so pre-order a tart or bring a yellow box of pastries to your next holiday gathering. 

Porto's Bakery and Cafe
8233 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241
(562) 862-8888

315 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA
(818) 956-5996‎

3614 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank, CA‎
(818) 846-9100‎


  1. Portos is wonderful and so is your blog. Great post!

  2. OH wow... everything looks absolutely incredible! Yum!


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