Porto’s Bakery, a Cuban bakery famous for their potato balls and guava cheese rolls, is a favorite of ours and we try to stop by a few times a year when in the LA area.
My mom was in San Diego a few months ago, and she absolutely adores the pastries at Porto’s. She asked to do an “LA eating trip” while she was visiting, having read so much about my eating adventures, so we took her on one. Our first stop was to Porto’s (Downey location).
There are three locations in LA, each one equally busy with customers. You can dine in on sandwiches in their cafe section, or order baked goods to go. The line for ordering their famed pastries is quite long but it moves pretty fast.
The selection of baked goods is one of the largest I’ve ever seen for a bakery. We’ve sampled quite a few from our previous visits, but our favorites remain the ones they are most known for: potato balls and guava cheese rolls.
The potato balls are filled mashed potato balls that are deep fried. The exterior is golden and crisp. The inside has a layer of mashed potato, followed by a spicy chili center. We like to order a few “hot” to eat fresh and get a box to-go as they can easily be reheated in your toaster oven.
Guava Cheese Rolls
I’ve never been a fan of these kind of pastries, but Porto’s is the except. We got a guava one and a cheese one. They also have a guava and cheese one and a few other fruit flavors ones. The pastry puff isn’t too sweet and neither is the filling, especially the cream cheese.
This is always a quick, fun stop for us. Maybe one day they’ll open a location closer to San Diego.