[Editor's note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the new Oporto is opening in Orange County; it is opening in Rancho Cucamonga, which is in San Bernardino County. Our apologies.]
Australia's answer to In-N-Out is coming to the United States, and its first stateside location opens tomorrow in Rancho Cucamonga. Founded in 1986, Oporto, which serves Portuguese-influenced Australian fare, "supposedly has a cult following in Australia on the scale of In-N-Out in California." Except In-N-Out specializes in traditional hamburgers and Oporto is known for its Portuguese-influenced chicken burgers and "rappas" (wraps), which makes it more analagous to Chick-fil-a.
As the gay marriage-hating, chicken sandwich-loving Southern chain continues to make inroads into Southern California with its first Los Angeles outpost slated to open in Hollywood this summer, Oporto aims to give them a run for their money.
Oporto will open its first United States outpost tomorrow in Rancho Cucamonga. An Ontario location is scheduled to open in the next two or three months and a Glendora restaurant, in July, according to the Daily Bulletin.
The chain's most popular item is its Bondi Burger, made with two grilled chicken breast fillets, lettuce, cheese, mayo and a spicy chilli sauce. Al the Australian outposts also offer halal chicken meals; no word on whether that will carry over to the United States. Oporto also serves "brekkie" (breakfast) featuring Australian bacon, which is made from pork shoulder and leaner than American bacon.
Is it any good? A Brisbane resident tells the OC Register:
"It is more McDonald's than In-N-Out... They push the 'fresh' label, but I don't see much differentiation with KFC's new marketing campaigns... I wouldn't say it is amazing... but I would say it is good and worth a try. If I had a hankering for chicken, I would choose Oporto over KFC."
Better than KFC. Talk about "damning with faint praise."