Sunday, October 12, 2008

Porto's Potato Balls

I have never heard of Porto's before. Yes, that's a shame for someone living in Southern California, but I really don't like bakeries besides my Asian ones because I find cakes at other bakeries are just way too sweet for me.

When my father-in-law celebrated his birthday a few weeks ago, sister-in-law bought a cake from Porto's in Glendale. Porto's is a Cuban bakery with two branches and is supposely quite famous. But like I said, I've never heard of them before. When I tasted the cake, it was as I feared. Way too sweet for my taste, but hubby and kids seem to like it. And it was pretty. Sorry, I didn't think to take a picture, and hubby's family are not too into photos.

But the other night, hubby brought home some leftover Porto's potato balls from his sister.

These are essentially deep-fried balls of potato filled with a ground beef and I think, onion mixture. When I tasted them, I thought they were okay. I've tasted the combination before, but I started reading reviews on Porto's and it seems everyone was raving about these. So, someday I will just have to venture out there myself and taste a fresh potato ball or bribe someone to get a fresh one for me. In the meantime, yes if you're looking for something decent and very filling, a potato ball from Porto's will do.


Sandy said...

Hm. I've actually never heard of it either. Asian bakeries are still the best IMO.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

The cream cheese pastries are good. But yup, the cake was waaaay too sweet. We never finished it, nor their famous guave paste jelly roll. The potato balls are just "meh." The Cuban sandwich was dry, dry.

shavedicesundays said...

Sandy, yes they have yummy cakes.

WC, I haven't heard of the cream cheese pastries and will have to try it. I'm glad you agreed on the potato balls, I thought there was something wrong with my tastes.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm sorry, but the potato are very delicious. You have to try them hot though because they seem to be more bland after cooling. Maybe it's the oil, I don't know. I will agree that the cakes and such are toooooo sweeeeeet but the guava filled pastries are a treat. But, to each his own.

shavedicesundays said...

Anonymous, I agree I do have to try the balls fresh to make a definitive decision, and I'll remember the guava pastries.