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Where Every Angeleno Should Eat

And, really, judging by the lines, almost every Greater Los Angeles resident is already patronizing Porto’s Bakery in Glendale.  One’s first visit can be a bit overwhelming.  It’s controlled chaos in their gargantuan facility that is split into two sections: one side is the main bakery, the other is the cafe (you can order coffee and espresso drinks at the bakery, but you’ll have to pick them up at the cafe).  The bakery side lines during peak rushes will remind you of waiting to ride the Matterhorn at Disneyland, but the dozen or so workers keep things moving.  It’s the quintessential SoCal eating experience: food choices galore and a diverse clientele that will always include hispanics, filipinos and armenians coming either by bus or Benz.  The tired, huddled masses come for the fresh baked greats (trust me, they’re not just goods!) made with top-quality ingredients and presented in absolutely stunning elegance.

I originally reviewed Porto’s after discovering it in September of 2009 (read the review here).  We live about 35 miles from Glendale but managed to return four times that week.  We came to our senses and chilled out a bit, but have continued to “research” regularly (it’s one of my life missions to try every bakery item there).  This is absolutely my very favorite place to eat anywhere.  I find myself eating various items and either blurting out really feminine things like “ummy nummy” or pounding my fist on the table in regret of not finding Porto’s sooner.  Here are my latest findings:

Top: Oreo Cheesecake that is perfectly creamy; Foreground: Opera Cake, which is a divine layering of almond spongecake, chocolate ganache and mocha buttercream.

Top: Chocolate Raspberry Roll, absolutely one of the best items at Porto's, which is really saying something. Foreground: Mango Mousse, elegantly mounded over a sweet, buttery pastry crust.

Dulce de Leche Cake, layers of caramel cream, whipped cream, and puff pastry, topped with a caramel and bittersweet chocolate icing. Cuh-razy good!

And a quick look at Porto's savory side (from left to right): chorizo pie, chicken croquettes, and potato balls. Finger food that'll make you steal from your children.

The ridiculously amazing Feta Sandwich: A slice of creamy and tasty (yet, not too sharp) feta cheese, tomato, red onion, fresh basil, and extra virgin olive oil on an almost perfect baguette. Served with a side of plantain chips for less than four bucks!

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  1. L.A. Food Bloggin
    January 8, 2010 at 11:26 am

    You can’t get enough of this place, can you? Anyone who’s been there could relate!

  2. January 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Looks like James and I will have to go on a date! You make their desserts sound over the top so we will have to visit them… Maybe we should make it a double date with you and your wife! 🙂

  3. Jay
    January 10, 2010 at 7:55 am

    That’s a great idea, Renae. Let us know when you head out there, and we’ll see if we can meet you. Of course, it would be a double date with four children as chaperones!

  4. zaza
    January 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    uhm…when did ‘ummy nummy’ become a feminine thing to say? not saying that its purely masculine in its sense…just wondering. btw, did you buy all the above pics during one visit?

    • Jay
      January 12, 2010 at 10:45 pm

      The above pics were taken over the course of three visits. I think.

  5. Sylvie
    January 12, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I might be able to eat all those items in one visit! Agreed, this is a must for everyone in the L.A. area. Along with the historic mom and pops bbq joints of south L.A.

  6. April 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Hi! I own Doc’s Texas Smoked BBQ in Sonora and I just stumbled on the wonderful review and the pictures you took of the place. Thank you! You were very kind!!!!
    We try hard! Next time try our burgers. I take whole Choice Chuck rolls and trim them out very carefully, then grind them fresh every day. We handpack the patties and grill the buns and grill the onions too. WE would love to have you back. Next time tell us you are coming and I’ll make sure I’m there to meet you. Once again, thanks for the great write up!!
    Steve “Doc” Weldon
    I’m from Corpus Christi Tx. been here 10 years

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