In a city often dismissed for not having great food, I've found a local gem. Located in Glendale (approximately 20 minutes from Downtown LA), Porto's Bakery & Cafe is the much needed diamond in the rough. My first introduction to this family-owned bakery was as an elementary school student. Back then, my Auntie would treat us to after school snacks of potato balls and beef pies made with luscious puff pastry. Now, as an adult, these two treats are my comfort food guilty-pleasures.
The potato balls consist of chorizo-spiced beef surrounded by a buttery layer of mashed potatoes. The ball is then rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried ($0.90). The outcome is a Latin-flavored croquette that's so tasty you can never stop at one. Fortunately, there are other baked delicacies like the guava and cream cheese rolls to tempt your palate.
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Ham Croquette ($0.78)
Filled with ground ham, this tasty fried bit melts in your mouth. It reminds me of a pork McNugget!
Photo Courtesy of Porto's Bakery & Cafe Website
Gooseberry Cakes - chocolate ganache topped with fresh gooseberries!