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Where Every Angeleno Should Eat

January 6, 2010 11 comments

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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