Diners searching for authentic Cuban treats need look no further than Porto’s Bakery & Cafe, a Los Angeles-area fixture for more than four decades. Since opening its first tiny store on Sunset Boulevard, the bakery has moved twice to accommodate increased demand and has launched two additional locations in Burbank and Downey to supplement the main Glendale store.
In addition to expanding its locations, Porto’s has broadened its offerings. It now serves croissants and brioche from France, classic American desserts such as Dutch apple pie, and South American mainstays such as dulce de leche and empanadas, while continuing to serve the Cuban baked goods that made the bakery a local success. Bolillo (a soft bread roll), galletas (crackers), and pastel de guayaba (guava strudel) are all made daily at each Porto’s location, as are the bakery’s trademarked refugiados, puff pastries filled with cream cheese and guava.
At the cafe in Glendale, customers can dine on breakfast sandwiches in the morning or enjoy any of its numerous other sandwiches, pastries, or breads all day long. Each Porto’s location is open seven days a week, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. on Sunday.