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The Best Tres Leches in LA

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knowyoursoul Mar 4, 2007 12:12 AM

I like tres leches cake and I think I have found the best. It's at El Floridita Restaurant on Fountain and Vine in Hollywood. It's this cool Cuban place. There food is nice and the cake is out of this world. I would stop and go in there just for a piece of cake, which runs about $6, but it's well worth it.

If you know of any other bomb tres leches cakes around town please let me know.

Happy eating....

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    djquinnc Mar 4, 2007 12:23 AM

    Portos and Cafe Tropical, I think. They are both different, but both really yummy to me. Tropical's is big and very satisfying, but Portos has that lightly bruleed merengue topping that is really nice too.

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      420 Reasons to eat Mar 27, 2008 07:49 AM

      My favorite place to get Tres Leches from is Portos.

      I got a Tres Leches from Vallarta (Victory & Ethel) and i was extremely disappointed. It had 12inches of Whipped cream on top and the cake was dry and thin. I ate a couple bites and tossed the rest.

      Portos has a variety of sizes to choose from. I like the 1/8 sheet (i think about the size of a banana bread loaf) for about 5 bucks.

      Shit, i guess I'll be stopping porto's today. Thanks, this is excatly what I need for lunch.

      And by the way Good Eats (Alton Brown) currently has a "milk" episode running on the food network and Alton makes a Tres Leches.

    2. la vida dulce Mar 4, 2007 06:36 AM

      I am not sure who their purveyor is but SUPER A FOODS supermarket with locations all over the greater Los Angeles area sells a delicious chunk of Tres Leches or a whole cake. The chunk is large enough to share and is priced around $1-$2, not bad. Of course I never need an excuse to try something at Porto's.

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        Jwsel Mar 4, 2007 08:39 AM

        The tres leches at Vallarta is fantastic. It's a huge slice of white cake with frosting -- enough for 2-3 people -- soaking in the leches for $1.75. I prefer to go to the Vallartas that have the cake pre-sliced in plastic containers. The only time I was disappointed with the tres leches cake is when I had to ask the bakery counter to slice a piece for me because there were no pre-packaged slices. The bakery did not put any extra leches in the bottom so only the bottom half of the cake had absorbed the sweetness and I had no extra leches to sop up.

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          sel Mar 4, 2007 09:29 AM

          The 3-Leches at Vallarta Supermarkets is so good as is their Flan Napolitano!

          http://www.vallartasupermarket.com/

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            Das Ubergeek May 24, 2007 10:44 PM

            Absolutely yes on the Vallarta 3-leches. It's put out fresh continuously all day. My favourite is the one with the peach on top.

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              nl06 Mar 25, 2008 02:20 PM

              Ditto on Vallarta's tres leches. However, I'll agree with the person who wrote (on another thread) that, when it comes to tres leches, not all Vallarta locations are the same.

              IMO, the East LA branch was OK, but not great. But the Sylmar branch was much, much butter. Not only more moist, but I think the slice of cake was larger, too.

              BTW, the slices are now going for $1.99 each in Sylmar.

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                Das Ubergeek Mar 26, 2008 07:39 AM

                "much, much butter" -- right on!

                The very best is from either the Victory and Ethel branch, or the Vineland branch (between Vanowen and Sherman, adjacent to the Bob Hope Airport runway).

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                  nl06 Mar 26, 2008 09:04 AM

                  Good catch, Das. I wouldn't be surprised if the cake did have "much, much butter."

                  I was surprised, though, that two different branches were so different. Thanks for the recs on the other two locations. Will have to check them out.

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                    Jwsel Mar 27, 2008 07:50 PM

                    The tres leches at the Victory and Woodley branch has always been quite good when I've tried it.

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              notmartha May 25, 2007 12:17 PM

              Maybe I had a bad one, but the piece (in container) I got several months ago was too dry and had no flavor.

              My local panaderia (Mi Panaderia on Habor near Whittier Blvd in La Habra) has a better version in terms of moistness and flavor. So good that we got it for a birthday cake once.

            3. annagranfors Mar 4, 2007 10:45 AM

              allow the old girl her nostalgia--

              back when Gallo's Grill was still open in East LA (sigh! best carne asada almost EVAR), their desserts came from the bakery across the street, which I think is still there (unlike Gallo's--waah!). me 'n' a girlfriend ordered the tres leches to seal our fates after dinner once--both of us went insane for it. (short drive.)

              anyone wishing to break this off into a "come back Gallo's Grill thread" is encouraged to do so. miss them!!

              1. la vida dulce Mar 4, 2007 11:44 AM

                El Gallo is a tradition, excellent 3 leches. Yes, it is sad that after all this time Gallo's Grill remains closed. Their chicken was perfectly grilled, moist, and well seasoned. You are so correct, the 3 leches is delish. My personal favorites at the panaderia El Gallo are the elotes and nueces pan dulces.

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                  jdash May 24, 2007 08:22 PM

                  I've had the tres leches cake at Vallarta's and thought it was cloyingly sweet, too aggressive and overly saturated with syrup. I've had a fantastic tres leches at a fairly unknown bakery in the valley called Plusko's in Canoga Park. Don't know if they still make them, but it, along with ALL of their cakes have always drawn rave reviews when I've served them....

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                    cynthia105 May 24, 2007 10:20 PM

                    HOw about any mexican bakeries that have REALLY good TRes Leches? I need to impress my friend...WAnted to bake one myself with a recipe off Google but she wouldnt allow it

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                      Diana May 25, 2007 08:41 AM

                      See the comments on Vallarta above.

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                      ribeyemediumrareplease May 25, 2007 03:03 AM

                      There is a tiny Mexican bakery in East L.A. on the 100-200 block of S. Mednik Ave., zip 90022, in the East L.A. Civic Center Plaza. It is called Linda's Bakery. They make an outstanding Tres Leches. I ordered a full sheet for my son's B-day last year and it was a HUGE hit...and not overly sweet.

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                        MaryT May 25, 2007 08:33 AM

                        I agree the Vallarta markets have nice things, but this version of the desert is a little too sweet, it is such a rich base the sweetness shouldn't be that noticeable but . . . it is sweet.

                        But it also made me laugh about making one yourself. The only time I tried it did come out quite superb, and my better half took it to work a couple times. One time at his cafeteria, he got a couple things to go with his "snack", and the cashier looked at him and the desert on the tray, and then asked if his wife was Mexican.

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                          cynthia105 May 25, 2007 09:28 AM

                          Sadly, her Tres LEches project came out to be big mess of slime..

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                        Ernie May 25, 2007 10:08 AM

                        Best one I've had was at La Serenata de Garibaldi in Boyle Heights. Not too sweet or too heavy. However I am not sure if they make it on the premises so call to verify

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                          glutton May 25, 2007 05:12 PM

                          The best one I've had is at Adelita's, which has two locations. The main bakery is on Pico, near the intersection with Western (I think). The other location is sales only and it's in the Grand Central Market. It's the fluffiest, not-too-sweet, fresh tres leches I've had in LA. And it definitely is cheaper than the $6 Cuban joint you're talking about...

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                            juliezen Mar 10, 2008 12:19 AM

                            I have to agree with most of you guys about those being good tres leches cakes. I have to say though that the best tres leches is at Cis Bakery in Norwalk. I searched yahoo for best tres leches in la and they were #1 on the list. I went there and was pleasantly surprised to find the BEST tres leches ive ever tasted. I ordered a 1/4 a sheet for my family. They loved it and ate it all. It was remarkable.

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                              AquaW Mar 10, 2008 11:56 AM

                              I'm rather fond of the version @ Perfectly Sweet in Alhambra. They sell individually-sized versions too so you can try before buying a whole sheet.

                              Funny time for this topic to come up, I'm attempting to make on for an upcoming b-day celebration (based on Joy of Cooking's recipe)

                              ~H.C.
                              http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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                                foodfoodfood Mar 25, 2008 10:15 PM

                                Coppelias (in West LA between Overland and Sepulveda)
                                10825 Venice Blvd
                                Los Angeles, CA 90034
                                Phone: (310) 838-0375

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                                  bruinike Mar 26, 2008 11:43 AM

                                  I second Coppelia's!! You can even get quatro leches - tres leches with a filling of dulce de leche - talk about decadent!.

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                                    Dommy Mar 26, 2008 02:07 PM

                                    They have a sign touting it... but I was always skeptical... I'll have to give it a try! :)

                                    --Dommy!

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                                    condiment Mar 27, 2008 12:54 AM

                                    If we're being counterintuitive, Ciudad hasa very good tres leches, juicy, fresh and not too sweet.

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