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Finally had the potato ball at Porto's

Clare K | Nov 28, 200606:13 AM

Went on a 6.5 mile walk yesterday and decided to put back all the calories I burned by ending up at Porto's in Burbank. My friends are always raving about the potato ball, so raving friend and I got two of those, plus a Cubano sandwich each.

The potato ball is kind of the perfect food: Crispy on the outside, with warm, mashed potato surrounding a ground meat center. Yum. It's not a new combo, just done differently and well. Imagine a hand-held shepard's pie, just smaller. But the Cubano sandwich is what really got me: Crusty Cuban bread, super thin, lean slices of ham and pork, dill pickles, a hint of melted cheese and mustard. The bread is nice and toasted, but it doesn't cut the roof of your mouth when you bite into it. And each bite has the perfect amount of ham, pork, cheese, mustard and pickle. Perfection? I think so. World domination? Possibly sometime in the near future.

Unlike a lot of other places, Porto's doesn't drown their sandies in cheese - I love the stuff, but I don't want oozing mounds of cheese on a Cubano.

My only regret is that I got it "to go," and realized I then missed out on the free side of plantain chips. Dang it! I think I'll have to walk over there again next weekend.


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