Pan con Lechon – Porto’s, North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA

Porto’s is a Cuban bakery and café, and features several interesting-looking sandwiches. This certainly won’t be the last you’ll see of Porto’s on this site, dear reader.

For my first trip there, I selected what is normally a can’t-miss, namely a roasted pork sandwich. The Pan Con Lechon is touted to be slow roasted pulled pork, grilled onions, and mojo sauce on grilled Cuban bread. As the above photograph makes clear, Porto’s served me my sandwich without cutting it in half. It is a rare beast these days when any foot-long sandwich – shy of those on offer at a Subway or Quizno’s – is served in a single quantity, without even an offer of being cut.

It is perhaps this method of delivery that failed the sandwich. The pulled pork was plentiful and tender, but the few other components ranged from “scant” to “nonexistent” during my dining experience. From time to time, I would experience a transcendent bite, full of satisfying flavor from all components in abundant and equal measure. Unfortunately, this was the exception rather than the rule. The distribution of ingredients was woefully uneven throughout. I would occasionally have a bite of mostly soggy roll, or a quantity of pork that neither sauce nor onion had ever touched.

Those few spectacular bites left me mostly frustrated that the majority of the sandwich fell well short of its potential. Had all components been applied evenly, this is a no-brainer. We shall see whether the other items at Porto’s merit regular trips in the future.



8 thoughts on “Pan con Lechon – Porto’s, North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA

  1. The photo you’ve chosen for this review exemplifies your point; it looks like nothing but bread, with a bulbous growth of pork growing from its side. Chances are, I would avoid this sandwich even when paired with sure starvation.

  2. Harsh words, Mr. Stroud, but I know you mean them in earnest & so I respect them. A while back I assembled this very sandwich on my own, and I have to say I was pleased with the results. Sorry your experience came up short, because this really can be an outstanding sandwich.

    For those disinclined to go through the tags, my earlier review is here:

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