- Story / Photo By PAIGE PETRONE
I’ve been in Los Angeles for over 20 years and had never been to the famous Porto’s Bakery. A very serious offense to some. No joking! This place is legendary. They have six locations with the first official storefront opening in 1976, on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. I just had to see what all the fuss was about, so recently I checked out Northridge.
By the size of the location and the action (or should I say bustling?) in the parking lot alone, I knew I was in for a fun experience. Upon entering I was impressed by both the two extremely large counters displaying all the goodness that they offer, and the very long lines of people waiting to partake. It’s basically a bakery, hence the name, but this place is so much more. Porto’s is perhaps best known for its bread, which was outstanding. You will find croissants, turnovers, and pastries, but also their savory signature potato balls stuffed with cheese and peppers, chicken or ham croquettes, empanadas, and pork tamales. Yum! They have a nice array of fancy cakes to choose from in full or sample size. The bakery/café also offers sandwiches, salads, coffee, and tea, all to enjoy in the dining spaces inside and out. This place is fuss-worthy for sure. I’m so glad that I went! Check it out or go again!
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