Guava-cheese tarts, made with a sinfully good cream cheese, are arguably the best of Cuban sweets. It’s widely considered that Porto’s Bakery, the Cuban bakery that started in just one room in Echo Park and now has three sprawling locations, is slinging L.A.’s number-one guava-cheese pastry. Well … unless, of course, you’re a Cafe Tropical apologist (as many Eastsiders are), and you vie for its huge version of addictive guava-cheese pie. Let’s put the tart and the pie head-to-head:
Guava-Cheese Pastry #1: The refugiados, as they’re technically called at Porto’s, are a manageable size with a nice flaky crust — although a little less crust would maybe be an improvement. The guava jam has a very nice, pucker-y punch to it. However! Porto’s, especially the Glendale location, is such an absolute clusterf**k, that picking up a little tart here, much less finding a table to sit and eat at, is a thoroughly exhausting endeavor.
Rating: All things considered, still better than a punch in the face.