I was working as a call center representative the first time I heard about a “potato ball”. My friend Regina had some on her desk and I asked what those were, she described it as a fried potato filled with meat. With that description alone I had my reservations about this “potato ball”. It wasn't until she offered me a ball to try that Porto’s had its hooks in me. Regina did not give this potato ball justice! It is like mashed potatoes dipped in crumbs cooked making it the perfect amount of crispy with minced ground beef, peppers and seasonings in the middle. Prior to that day, I lived here for 5 years and I had never heard of a potato ball or Porto’s. A few weeks later, there was a birthday in the office and our manager brought in a strawberry shortcake cake from Porto’s, and it was one of the best I have ever experienced.
There was a company volunteer event at Dodger Stadium which had ended early, so we decided to grab some lunch. The coworkers I rode with decided on Porto’s in Downey which was on the way home. I was able to look at the menu first hand and was completely in shock to see how inexpensive the menu was. Not to mention the wide variety of desserts to choose from is mind blowing. I ordered the spicy chicken milanesa sandwich, 2 potato balls and a cheese roll for all under $10, and still had leftovers to take home! It was at that moment I was in love with Porto’s Bakery.
This cafe is the total package. Porto’s food is amazing and it fits my budget! They have so much to offer for everyone. My picky 11 year old absolutely loves Porto’s which left me completely speechless; here is a child who orders pizza at Red Robin or chicken nuggets at Olive Garden and YES grilled cheese sandwich at In-n-out, and she is here at a Cuban restaurant Porto’s ordering Tamales and Guava rolls! From sandwiches to combination plates or soups, they have something for everyone. I have never went to Porto’s without the lines being long and sometimes out the door, but the wait isn't long because the lines move fast. Plus as you're waiting in the line you can look at all of their mouthwatering desserts so you can make your decision once its your turn, I still never know what I want because everything looks delicious!
They recently opened one near me in Buena Park the only bad thing I can honestly say about Porto’s is that on a weekend around lunchtime is that parking is a huge headache. Although parking was horrible, by the time I sat down to eat, the 45 minutes it took for me to find parking was totally worth that moment. There are Porto’s locations all over L.A. Buena Park, Downey, Glendale, West Covina, and Burbank so really there is no excuses for not going. Some food places make me regret and there are other food establishments I feel no regret, well Porto’s is a “No regret” establishment. If you are like me ballin’ on a small budget and still want great food without going to a fast food to feel guilty Porto’s Bakery is a guilt free pleasure.