Casual dining

Buena Park: Porto’s

Orange County, rejoice!! The newest location of this popular Cuban bakery and café is finally open in Buena Park, off the 91 freeway on Beach Blvd., next-door to medieval times. If you have ever been to any of the other locations, whether it’s Downey, Glendale, or Burbank, you know the place is tiny and so is the parking. Boy, what a difference here… the Buena Park location is more than tripled the size, with plenty of parking.

This place has been open for a couple of months already, and finally the hype has died. Sure it’s still very busy, but at least the wait is not two hours anymore (or maybe it still is on weekends). I stopped by to pick up some goodies on a Tuesday night at 5:30 PM. The line still took about 20-minutes with a smaller crowd.

I picked up a medley of food ranging from fried popular items like the potato balls, the chicken croquettes, the chicken empanadas, to the baked items like the guava rolls, the cheese rolls, to their popular plaintain chips.

A variety of 10 pastry items + 2 sodas came to $35. I’ve got plenty of food to take to the office, and I’m sure I’ll be a very popular person for this deed.