Waiting in line at Porto's is as much as part of the experience as is indulging in a roasted pork sandwich and chocolate-dipped croissant. Locals love this neighborhood bakery and café that has been an L.A. staple for more than 50 years. Just minutes away from Griffith Park, it's a great spot to take a stroll and peruse the consignment shops run by former movie fashion stylists. The café bustles with an ambitious lunch crowd, but counter service is quick and efficient.
Go for one of its tasty sandwiches like the pan con lechon (roasted pork), or try the filling plate of ropa vieja (shredded beef). Skipping dessert here would just be wrong. Your sweet tooth will thank you later.