I limit my "hometown" reviews to those places I believe would be particularly good for a visitor to experience but which you may not hear about from a guidebook. Porto's would be at the top of that list. Owned and closely managed by a lovely, personable family of Cuban emigres (don't miss the old family pictures on the walls), Porto's Bakery is a real gem, whichever location you visit. The food is excellent and very reasonably priced, and I'm always amazed by the staff's ability to remember your entire order without writing anything down, no matter how long it gets. But what I really love about Porto's is the fact that at any given mealtime, you will see a wonderful cross-section of all Los Angeles's ethnicities and cultures -- because none of us can stay away!! Potato balls, chocolate croissants, ropas viejas, fruit tarts ... something for everyone. Don't be afraid if there's a long line; it moves very quickly.
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