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New Buena Park Porto's Bakery Draws Thousands Into Hours-Long Lines

It was a delicious madhouse

Porto’s Bakery in Buena Park
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Massive Southern California restaurant hit Porto’s Bakery officially opened in Buena Park, and the lines were predictably bonkers. In fact, some folks waited up to four hours for a taste of the restaurant’s Cuban cakes and savory bites — and at least one put their job on the line to be first.

As you can see from the below CBS Los Angeles video, thousands lined up for a chance to dine at the new Orange County restaurant, which only just opened this week. The new location is the biggest for the Porto’s brand, which has other outlets in Downey, Burbank, and Glendale. A West Covina outlet should arrive by next year as well.

The entire history of Porto’s is worth a read, as the place has emerged from humble beginnings in Silver Lake to become one of the most highly-trafficked eateries in all of Southern California. The chain is still family-run, and employs over 1,000 people across all of their locations. This latest iteration is some 25,000 square feet, and includes acres of available parking.