Los Angeles: Porto’s Potato Balls

Portos Bakery & Cafe
8233 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241
(Check website for various locations around Los Angeles)
(562) 862-8888

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I took a trip to Zion National Park with a couple of long distance girlfriends. We try to take a trip together and reunite once a year. For two years now we had a formula. We fly to LAX and then drive 7-8 hours to a national park, spend 2-3 days there, and then drive back to LA to fly home. This year before heading to the airport, we had breakfast at Porto’s, a Cuban bakery and cafe. My friend Thomas, a former Los Angeles resident recommended this place. He tells me he orders the Potato Balls (a Porto’s trademark but they’re generally known as papas rellenas) and brings them back to Texas every time he travels to LA.

Portos Bakery & Cafe

Their bakery case is impressive. Cakes, sweet and savory empanadas, croissants, muffins, danishes, puffs, and on and on. It’s overwhelming in the best way.

Portos Bakery & Cafe

It was breakfast and I lean savory so I ordered a bacon omelet croissant sandwich. It ended up being even more indulgent and heavier than listed on the menu. There’s a layer of crispy potato sticks, tomatoes, and a slathering of mayonnaise. I finished that whole dang thing.

Portos Bakery & Cafe

I also ordered a box of Potato Balls and a couple of meat pies to take back to enjoy with Sugarface.

Portos Bakery & Cafe

And because I am such a sweet girlfriend, I assured quality of the balls before making it back home. Man, the meat pies were good but I’d come back to Porto’s every time I’m in the area for these balls. In case you can’t tell from the photo, they’re fried mashed potato balls stuffed with seasoned ground beef. They’re perfect. Sugarface heated them up the next day and texted me. “I love delicious balls.” So he approves too.

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  • FoodieIsTheNewForty

    Meaty balls are the BEST!

  • YES! I had the chicken potato balls and they were to die for. Balls.

  • These look SO YUM! Potato balls? I am starving now.

  • Love, love, love Porto’s and now I miss it ~ great post!

  • BreeTheThingsWeRead

    Looks yummy