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January 26, 2006
Porto's has great savory treats under a dollar each. My favorites are the potato balls (papa rellena), mashed potatoes stuffed with ground beef, breaded and fried; the meat pie (pastel de carne), puff pastry filled with seasoned ground beef; the chorizo pie (pastel de chorizo), Spanish-style empanada filled with pork; and the rellenos, ripe plantains filled with black beans, breaded and fried (not always on the menu).Sandwiches are $3.75 and come with a few mariquitas, fried green plantain chips. I love the Cubano (slow roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, butter, and mustard, Cuban bread) or the medianoche, the same as before but on a sweet roll. For a little extra they'll put croquettes or potato balls in the sandwiches, but I prefer these on the side. You can savor everything better that way. You can also get a Pan con Lechon: slow roasted pork, mojo garlic sauce, and grilled onions, on a grilled Cuban bread.
For those with a sweet tooth, everything is great, but the mango mousse and the Refugiado (guava and cream cheese strudel) sing. Porto's has ready made cakes as well as making wedding cakes and birthday cakes to order.
Porto's just opened a second branch in Burbank at 3514 W. Magnolia Blvd., on the corner of Hollywood Way. See the enclosed pictures.
From journal Los Angeles: Food and Hikes
Los Angeles, California
October 15, 2002
Portos is one of the best places to get a quick, inexpensive lunch. There's always a line, but it moves fast. If you're on a diet, don't bother coming here. One of the best taste treats are the Potato Balls. It's basically a fried mashed potato ball with a ground beef filling. Call it "Shepherd's Pie On the Go" if you will. It's awesome!
They have a variety of Cubano-type sandwiches, a variety of freshly baked breads, and desserts. There's a separate line for desserts/breads and lunch line. Make sure you're in the right one!
Order their cakes at least a day in advance. You can get practically any size, any type of cake, any filling, any frosting! One of my favorites is a simple white cake with custard and cream cheese icing... my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Open Monday - Saturday 7am - 6pm, Sunday 7am - 2pm.
From journal Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley