Portos Bakery: A Cuban Family’s American Dream Come True


Portos Bakery

Good food and family recipes create some of our earliest memories. For Rosa Porta, homemade cakes and a kitchen full of the smell of vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar held some of the most fond memories of her mother and her home country of Cuba. 

Today, Rosa’s children and grandchildren work alongside a dedicated team to help run 6 bakery locations based entirely off of her love to bake and share her delicious treats with the world around her. 

Family tradition runs deep at Porto’s Bakery. Many of the recipes were handed down generations before making their way into the glass cases and the hands of the bakery’s many customers. You can taste the love and pride in each bite!

Rosa Porto

Thanks to Rosa’s dreams and dedication, she was able to see 5 bakeries open in her lifetime. Her hard work paid off when Porto’s Bakery was named the #1 restaurant by Yelp! in 2016. 

The bakery has moved on to add many savory items to their menu, making it a great place to stop and enjoy lunch or dinner. Just make sure you save room for dessert!

How many Portos are there?

portos bakery

It would be hard to imagine that Porto’s began as a side business for Rosa out of her own home. Family and friends recall seeing people line around the block to get their own cakes! 

In 1976, the very first Porto’s Bakery storefront opened on Sunset Boulevard in California. Over the years, Porto’s Bakery added a number of locations.

Today, the original storefront is gone. But you can find the iconic bakery at one of their 6 locations throughout California located in Burbank, Buena Park, Downey, Glendale, West Covina, and the newest addition to the family, Northridge.

Many people come from all over the world to get a bite of these iconic flavors. However, thanks to their online ordering option, you can enjoy a Porto’s Bakery item in your very own home! They ship freshly prepared and frozen versions of their most popular pastries right to your doorstep, all you have to do is bake and enjoy. 

What should you order when you go to Portos?

Choosing what to order off their iconic menu can be overwhelming. With so many classics and iconic dishes, you don’t want to miss out on your newest favorite treat! 

No worries, we have broken down our favorite Porto’s Bakery menu items! But if you are looking for our recommendation, we say try them all! 

Potato balls

Portos Potato Balls

A delicious and savory option that is bursting with Cuban flavors, the potato balls are a must try! The potato purée ball is stuffed with Cuban style ground beef cooked with onion, bell pepper, olive, and Spanish seasonings all wrapped up in a panko bread crumb coating and fried to golden perfection. 

Guava-and-cheese strudels

Guava & Cheese Strudel - Porto

One of our favorites is also one of the originals. These pastries are made with creamy and refreshing cream cheese married with the tart and sweet flavors of made in house guava jam all wrapped up in the flakiest and butteriest puff pastry you’ve ever had! 

Dulce de Leche Besito Kiss Cookies 

Looking for a lighter option to enjoy with some of their house brewed coffee? Dulce de Leche Besito Kiss Cookies are the perfect companion! These flaky buttery tart dough and stuffed with their own house made dulce leche caramel and finished with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Cubano sandwich

portos cuban sandwich

A visit to Porto’s isn’t complete without trying perhaps the most iconic sandwich on the menu. Enjoy slow-roasted pork and ham layered with Swiss cheese and topped with pickles and Cuban dressing all placed on a Cuban roll and pressed until it is thin and hot. Delicious! 

Chicken Croquettes

Chicken croquettes make the perfect on the go snack. Filled with diced chicken and a creamy bechamel sauce, these traditional Cuban flavors are wrapped in a crispy panko bread crumb coating and fried to golden perfection.

Tres Leches Cake

portos tres leches cake

The original. You simply cannot make a stop at Porto’s Bakery without taking a bite of Rosa’s very own recipe for Tres Leches Cake. Condensed milk, evaporated milk, cream, and a touch of brandy make this classic cake anything but basic. 

Mariska Lee

Mariska is a recovering attorney who gave up her professional job to discover new perspectives of life while traveling in a 2009 Ford Transit. She has been living the van life for 3 years and has not looked back since.

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