Timing is crucial if you want your visit to Porto's Bakery to be pleasurable. The line is usually out the door and down the street during popular meal times, so if you can visit between the rush times, you will be much happier and enjoy your visit much more. I came in one day around 1:30 PM and the wait was only about 30 minutes.
They are famous for both sweet and savory, with a selection that will leave you salivating and indecisive, especially if it is your first visit. There is a cafe on one side and the bakery on the other, so if you want to sit down and eat go to the cafe side, if you want to take it away, go to the bakery side. They also serve sandwiches and plates on both sides, so if you want more than pastries, you can also order a full meal for under $10.
They have full cakes to go and a shorter line in the bakery for the full cakes, as well as cakes that were ordered ahead of time.
There is a hot section of their famous potato balls.
I got two of the beef and one of the seafood (a seasonal specialty).
The seafood was slightly spicy and reminded me of NOLA type flavors, a great choice if it's available.
They are famous for their beef potato balls and with a drop or two of tapatio or tabasco, they are addictive!
I got a sample of their sweets to go and liked every one, from the Polvoron cookie, with a crumbly almond flavor, to their cheese roll, and apple turnover. All were light, crisp, not overly sweet.
The inside of the apple turnover; my only suggestion would be more apple please!
The three potato balls and three sweets all came to less than $7!!!!