It has finally happened. Porto's in Downey has opened! I just got word from my trusty tipster Cecile, who lives near the area, that the long-awaited and OC-close outpost of the acclaimed L.A. Cuban bakery had their grand opening today.
She knew that I had been waiting in the wings, biding my time, checking in for at least a year. It must be said we came close once, with Cafe Contigo in Anaheim, which merely imported the goods from the L.A. stores.
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But that place folded two years ago, leaving me to routinely make the car trip to Glendale for my fix of soft potato balls, broth-gushing empanadas, fresh-baked cheese rolls, and their pastries, all those pastries!
Now, they're in Downey. And they're open.
Porto's Bakery and Cafe, 8233 Firestone Blvd., Downey, CA 90241, (562) 863-8888 www.portosbakery.com