Somebody once said that too much of a good thing isn’t good for you. That somebody had obviously never been to Porto’s Bakery & Cafe. For your next lunch outing, round up your hungry friends and head over to this Magnolia Boulevard eatery, an L.A. institution since 1960. Cuban-influenced and family-owned from the beginning, Porto’s is always packed, and for good reason: it has some of the most delicious food in the area at prices almost anyone can stomach, so bring comfy shoes for the line and a big appetite for the table. When your eyes catch the sea of delicious treats in the display case, your belly will growl with anticipation. Yes, the sweets here are to die for, but start on the savory side of the menu with pork tamales, chicken empanadas, and maybe a potato ball or two. The food here is satisfyingly filling, but somehow you’ll find room in your belly for some dessert. Here’s where you’ll want to order just about everything, from the chocolate biscotti to the dulce de leche cake to a light, fluffy, and amazing slice of pineapple custard Cuban cake. Most treats only cost a buck or two, so your wallet will barely show a dent. The staff behind the counter is masterful at slinging foods with enthusiastic precision. And don’t forget to order a round of cortaditos, Cuban-style espresso topped with steamed milk that packs just enough of a punch to get you through the rest of your day in good spirits. Hanging out with friends and relishing amazing food is a very good thing. You can never get too much of that.

Porto’s Bakery & Cafe

3614 W Magnolia Blvd Burbank CA 91505

(818) 846-9100

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