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Tres Leches Cake in San Diego?

Hey my fellow hounds.

I am looking for a really good Tres Leches cake for my sweetie's upcoming birthday. I've only had it twice (both times fairly recently) and am obviously no expert, which is why I turn to my fellow SD hounds to steer me in the right direction. I tried a bite of a slice that my sister got at a Panderia in Encanto and also some that was purchased a Fresh And Easy. Both were quite tasty, but again, I do not know what a good piece is supposed to taste like. Someone told me today to check Costco, but I was hoping to find it from a Panderia, somewhere that is known to make a killer one. My bf *loves* it and I would really like to surprise him with a respectable rendition or I'd try my own hand at it ;-)

Any ideas?

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  1. Take a ride down El Cajon Blvd. There are several panaderias that may have one you like. Just go sampling. It'll be fun.

    1. Panchita's C and 25th st

      1. Has anyone ever been to Panaderia El Chocorrol off of Clairemont Mesa near Genessee in Clairemont? I've never stopped in but have been curious when passing by a few times.

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        1. re: DougOLis

          I've been many times since it's close to my house. The quality has varied over the years. Fresh from the oven is always a plus-- hence a morning visit. However, when I tasted the conchas from a panaderia in Hemet, I realized that my local wasn't the best in the world. If you're near by, try it. I think they are wholesale suppliers, and they are very nice people. I'd appreciate others' opinions too.

        2. Panchita's is good. Also, Azucar in OB (a new Cuban place on Newport) makes a cinco-leches cake that looks pretty interesting- haven't tasted it as of yet. I wonder what the other two leches are- goat milk? Chimpanzee? I can't think of any other preservation other than powdered and condensed. Illuminate me, somebody.

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          1. re: SaltyRaisins

            We sampled the cinco leches cake last weekend. I can't tell you what the other two leches might have been, but I will say that of the many items we sampled this dessert worked the least. Azucar is a great addition to San Diego and we had some amazing flavors (try the key lime bars) with some drop dead gorgeous presentations...this one just didn't work for me.

            1. re: foodiechick

              Funny thing I also tried the cinco leches cake and walked away with the same impression. I did enjoy the mojito cookies.

            2. re: SaltyRaisins

              Cool- I had a mojito cookie with my Cafe Cubano that was pretty interesting. I'll try the key lime bars next...

            3. I'd vote for the Northgate Market Bakery -- I-805 south at the 43rd St. exit.

              1. Does Crumbs of Paris in El Cajon make one? All their other cakes are delicious...

                1. My two cents: If you want to get a little unique, romantic and upscale for his b-day, I'd suggest Candelas (downtown) for a their tres leches (delicious!) and coffee. In the evening (before the DJs kick in), their lounge is quite mellow. Or try their dining room.

                  1. I know your bf's b-day is long past but while searching for recommendations of good tres leches cake locally I came across this string.

                    I have had Panchita's and many other Tres Leches around San Diego and have not been impressed with most. Panchita's is good compared to other commercial vendors but is far inferior to a home made Tres Leches cake.

                    By far and away the best Tres Leches cake I have ever had (including home made - that's how good this cake is) was in a restaurant in the Las Americas Outlet Center in San Ysidro that I believe is called "Sofrito." My mouth is watering just thinking about it at the moment. Do yourself a favor and try it out. You will come back and thank me if you've never been there. I am fiending for Tres Leches now but I am sick and can't make the long trip down there right now which is why I am looking for recommendations of other places in Central San Diego. But if Panchita's is the best that is recommended here then I am very dissapointed.