Desserts & Coffee: Rosa Porto emigrated to Los Angeles from Cuba in 1960 and brought with her the recipes that have sustained her famous bakery ever since. She's now retired, but her kids and her extended family still bake up her world-class delicacies at three locations (Burbank, Glendale and Downey) and fans still line up to get a taste. Be sure to try the Cheese Rolls (a cream-cheese filled flaky pastry) for only 75 cents each, along with the classic Refugiados (a guava and cream-cheese strudel), which will cost you 80 cents. Porto's Tres Leches Cake is a yellow sponge cake soaked in a three-milk sauce and topped with meringue icing, a steal for $15.50. Don't miss the savory delights found here, too, from the infamous Potato Ball (a mashed-potato ball filled with seasoned ground beef and fried up) for $1 to the empanadas and chorizo pies that melt in your mouth.
Bakeries: Savory and sweet Cuban dishes tantalize taste buds at this wildly popular specialty bakery. From sensational sandwiches and buttery croissants to addictive pastries and cakes, every item is cheap, authentic and unbelievably drool-worthy. Patrons rave about the fried potato balls filled with seasoned ground beef as well as the satisfyingly rich cheese rolls, perfectly crafted Cubano sandwich and chorizo empanadas. Salads served with a side of crunchy plantain chips made on the premises complete a perfect meal. Carb-lovers can't get enough of their freshly baked flautas (Cuban baguettes), galletas (marine crackers), and Cuban bolillos. For dessert, pair the moist tres leches cake with refreshing iced coffee.