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Creamy, sweet, and light as air, flan is the quintessential Mexican dessert and LA offers some of the best flan around. Avoid the overly-sweet desserts on menus around the Southland, and instead select one of these delightful and authentic Mexican treats.
(credit: Mercado)

(credit: Mercado)


Mercado
7910 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 944-0947
www.mercadorestaurant.com

Oozing caramel sauce, the flan at the delicious Mercado restaurant is a melt-in-your-mouth light, and fragrant dessert with notes of vanilla and fruit. This sleek, modern, upscale Mexican spot stays strong from its craft cocktail program and gourmet nachos to this classic dessert finish. The food, cocktails, and of course, the flan can’t be beat.

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(credit: Shelley Z/Yelp)


The Bazaar
465 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills
(310) 246-5545
www.sbe.com

Traditional Spanish flan with vanilla and citrus is the creation of the SLS Hotel’s trendy, dark and sexy dining and drinks spot, The Bazaar. The vanilla hails from Indonesia, while the citrus is California orange peel, making this dish a truly global influenced dessert. The flan is both baked and steamed, and topped with rich caramel and a side of fresh cream. It’s not to be missed. Trust us!

(credit: Beso)

(credit: Beso)


Beso
6350 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 467-7991
www.besohollywood.com

The flan dessert here is called the choco-flan, meaning chocolate fanatics can have their flan and eat chocolate, too. Decadent rich chocolate cake is topped with a traditional Mexican flan that’s light and smooth with vanilla. Topped with a just-sweet-enough coconut flavored rum sauce, plus fruit and an edible flower, it’s a must order.

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(credit: Sat Y/yelp)


Coppelia’s Bakery & Cafe
10825 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90034
(310) 838-0375
www.coppelias.com

This tiny Cuban cafe also has outposts in Inglewood, and on La Brea, but this one is situated on Venice Blvd. As the original location, owner Anita Asnaran makes her flan on large sheet pans, slicing her creation into rectangular shapes and offering them in the bakery case. Perfectly seasoned with vanilla and somehow both rich and light as air, she uses three different milks in her recipe: whole, evaporated and condensed.

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(credit: Fogo De Chao)


Fogo de Chao
133 N. La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 289-7755
www.fogodechao.com

With a branch downtown on Figueroa as well, this upscale Brazilian chain may be best known for their meats, but their flan is just as exceptional. Topped with warm caramel sauce upon serving, the fluffy custard is made with whole eggs, whole milk, and condensed milk, and the sweetness is lingers without being cloying.

(credit: Jocelyn M/yelp)

(credit: Jocelyn M/yelp)


Mexicano
3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Baldwin Hills, CA 90008
(323) 773-1898
www.mexicanola.com

This stylish, colorful outpost of authentic and upscale Mexican cuisine serves a three-cheese flan that edges away from sweetness into the savory category. Made from cotija, queso fresco, and panela, the flan is hearty but not heavy, as one would expect of cutting edge chefs Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu.

Genie Davis is a multi-published journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. See more on: CBSLA | eco-exist.com | geniedavis.com | DiversionsLA | Twitter.

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