If you grew up in Southern California, you have probably heard of Porto’s Bakery. For a while, there were only one location and it was kind of an exclusive thing. Like it was a special event when you showed up at a party or event and you saw that particular shade of yellow, Porto’s box.
In recent years, Porto’s has grown and expanded and now they are never that far away from wherever you are in Southern California. They can be found in Glendale, Burbank, Buena Park, Downey and now West Covina.
Something new they just recently introduced is their Bake at Home option. You can bring home Porto’s delicious food to bake at home! How cool is that? You can check that out here.
How Porto’s started
It’s a family story, literally the American dream. Cuban born Rosa, the matriarch of the Porto’s family, grew up loving to bake. Eventually Rosa’s love for baking turned into a way to help support her family as she began to bake and sell cakes out of her home. After emigrating to the United States, California to be exact, Rosa continued to sell cakes out of her home, and before long there was a line of customers, outside her small family home.
In 1976, Rosa opened the very first Porto’s Bakery on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. The small business became a family business as Rosa’s three children also helped after school and on the weekends. Beatriz, Raul Jr., and Margarita helped to grow the business into what it is today after graduating from college. Now the empire is taking over Southern California as Porto’s has been voted the #1 Top place to eat in the US, by Yelp. What an honor?!
I was lucky enough to be invited to the soft opening of their newest location in West Covina, my new hometown. I tried everything I could get my hands on and nothing disappointed. The location is beautiful and bright and definitely a different environment than what is expected in West Covina.
When you walk in to this location, it’s a bit of an experience. I tried their Cubano and Potato Balls of course, and loved the empanadas. The bakery options are kind of endless, when you visit, be prepared to take some home with you. Or ask about their Bake at Home options and have them even more fresh, whenever you want them.
Oh the deliciousness! You can check out more about Porto’s on their website: PortosBakery.com