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May 20, 2008 10:50 PM

Where to get the best FLAN in LA?

I really like the Flan at the Hollywood Farmers Market on Sunday. Where do you guys go for your Flan cravings? The almond flan at Gelsons deli is pretty good too.

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  1. I hope you get some good responses, because I could use a decent flan. My Cuban office manager in Miami used to make the most incredible firm but tender and creamy flan, flavored with Kahlua, for example. She would bring one in whenever we had to con some part of the bureaucracy into behaving like human beans. Worked every time!

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    1. re: Mel Gee

      Just heard Fratelli Cafe on Melrose (near La Brea) has added a delicious flan to their amazing dessert collection. I think I'm going to have dessert for lunch today. :)

    2. La Serenata Gourmet in West LA. The meals are "just OK" and are trumped easily by the mother ship in Boyle Heights, but for some reason the Pico branch has the very best flans... and they're simply not sold at the mother ship nor at the 4th St. SM branch.

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        I have to disagree with them not being available at the mother ship. I had a memorable coconut flan there once. It's not been available any other time that I've gone. I did try a chocolate flan there another time but, was very disappointed.

      2. I tend to go to Porto's Bakery, in Glendale. Firm (I personally don't like those watery, too airy ones). And a whole flan for under $9. I don't think you can go wrong with that.

        It actually reminds me a lot of the Brazilian pudim my mom used to make.

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        1. re: gado_gado

          Ditto on Porto's! We were at a Cuban birthday party and they eschewed what the catering restaurant had in favor of bringing in Flan from Porto's. It was amazing!

          1. re: compucook

            My boss is heading to Porto's to pick up a birthday cake for our supervisor, and thanks to the advice of gado_gado and compucook, I've given him an extra $5 to pick up a small flan for me as well :)

            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster

              Just had the Porto's flan.... very yummy, but definitely not in the same league as the one at La Casita Mexicana

              Mr Taster

              La Casita Mexicana
              4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

        2. La Casita Mexicana in Bell conjures up an otherworldly flan.... outrageously dense and velvety smooth on the tongue. It doesn't have that springy Jell-O consistency as many inferior flans do... it's just dense, smooth, creamy and wonderful.

          As a bonus, they top it with rompope or kahlua (or both, if you wish). It was $4.00, but because it was our first visit they comped us!

          Well worth the trip to Bell for the flan alone. Seriously.

          Mr Taster

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          1. re: Mr Taster

            Will wonders never cease. I'm a regular at La Casita and have never had dessert, probably because the chips w/mole, excellent soup, and two delicious chiles en nogada that I generally order are more than enough. I'll save room for the flan next time -- thanks for the information. Also, thanks to Ubergeek for the Serenata alert. I usually go to the Boyle Heights location, but I'll try the flan in SM sometime.

            1. re: Mel Gee

              If you would report back here once you've tried the flan, I'd be very curious to hear your impression of it!

              Mr Taster

          2. I like the flan at Monte Alban.