Miami's Best Flan: Versailles, Cuban Guys, Little Havana and More

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All photos by Alex Rodriguez
Flan from Versailles.
If there's anything that describes Miami, it's flan.

Sweet and silky, not too firm, not too soft, creamy or supple... and that's just the people. Flan moves to its own rhythm. Its curves are as sexy as a salsa dancer on a hardwood dance floor -- and it's twice as easy to take home.

A good flan is one that's balanced in all flavors (sweet, eggy, creamy, and caramelized). If it's baked properly, the inside is smooth, with no sign of air bubbles. It shouldn't be too gelatinous or too firm, and should always hold its form. A good flan uses the flavors to compliment one another without any being especially predominant.

Originally hailing from the kitchens of Spain and France, the sweet egg and cream-based custard has found its way into the heart of Latin America. Few other desserts boast the popularity of flan on a restaurant menu. And as the official unofficial "Little Latin America," Miami must provide flan just like immigrants' native countries.

With that in mind, we set out to find the ten best flans in Miami. Our journey took us from Hialeah to Weschester to Midtown and Kendall. We found that Spanish restaurants (surprisingly) didn't have the best flan on the market, and that the best stuff doesn't have to be the most expensive, either. You might be surprised to see who made our list, and who didn't.

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Goat's milk flan.

10. Mercadito
Mercadito may be a quasi-chain, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be in the running for our top ten flans list. The flan de cajeta ($7), which is made with goat's milk, is a particularly light flan compared to the most conventional. It's garnished with a cinnamon-sugar chip, and pieces of soft, candied apricot adorn the plate. It's a floral flan that's not too heavy on caramelized syrup, or almibar.

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Flan regular.

9. Confiteria Buenos Aires Bakery
We knew we'd get a little beef for choosing an Argentine place for great flan, but lo and behold, it made the list. Buenos Aires Bakery has been around for about a decade, but with all the delicious facturas and cakes they serve, has anyone paid attention to the flan? There are two varieties, one with dulce de leche, and one without. For consistency's sake, we ordered the regular flan. The almibar is crazy good -- if you're into caramelized sugar, that is. It's a little more gelatinous than most flans, but we're chocking that up to perhaps a way to keep the price low. After all, flan there is only $2.99.

Location Info

Venue

Map

Confiteria Buenos Aires Bakery & Cafe

7134 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Casa Larios

5859 SW 73rd St., South Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Little Havana Restaurant

12727 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sazon Cuban Cuisine

7305 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

La Carreta

3632 SW 8th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Molina's Ranch Restaurant

4100 E. Eighth Ave., Hialeah, FL

Category: Restaurant

Versailles Restaurant

3555 SW 8th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Cuban Guys

3174 W. 76th St., Hialeah, FL

Category: Restaurant

Rio Cristal

9872 Bird Road, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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28 comments
rocketr07
rocketr07

Great Article! You need to try the flan at Havana Harry's on Kendall Drive.......OMG!!! SO GOOD!

Biped
Biped

I remember the old Minerva next to the old bus station in downtown Miami. Now, THAT was a Cuban restaurant.

kstretch
kstretch

Alex,

I guess you didn`t try Flan from Red Fish Grill they a voted as best flan in Miami by Herald few years ago...

ileana123
ileana123

Cuban GUYS is definitely the BEST!!!!!!!!

karatechik
karatechik

There are definitely a lot of great flans on this list!! It must have been hard to choose....

One of my favorites is Little Havana, I go to both locations and they have the same exact awesome desserts!!! Congrats to all of you for such a great job!!

latinagirl
latinagirl

I LOVE LITTLE HAVANA!!  They have great food and their desserts are all HOMEMADE!!

They should have been number 1 NOT #7!!!!

mamajama22
mamajama22

@Ivo_Reyes little Havana was always my favorite Cuban restaurant

Liam Crotty
Liam Crotty

Great article! Do you have a favorite recipe for flan that you'd like to share?

eruiz10070
eruiz10070

WTF "What the Flan"  isn't on this list but it should have been!  My favorite is the Coconut but the Caramel reminds me of Dulce de Leche!   If you want to try WTF come to Airport Cafe & Liquors at 4427 NW 36th Street! 

yurivergara10
yurivergara10

You guys should have tried What The Flan (WTF) it its probably the best out there! There are four different flans Guava & Cheese, Coconut, Caramel & Vanilla.  (Guava & Cheese is to die for).  You can try it at Airport Cafe & Liquors at 4427 NW 36 Street in Miami Springs.

chefalbertocabrera
chefalbertocabrera

There are alot of good flans on this list. But I have to give a huge Shout out to Alex' moms flan. Anybody that has tried it knows what I'm taking about and soon so will everybody else! Soon to available @ Frita Shop!

olgita
olgita

Cuban guys over casa larios!? WTF

Biped
Biped

Flan, check. What about the Arroz con Pollo?

ARodWrites
ARodWrites moderator

 @chefalbertocabrera As the writer, I just want to clarify for people who see your comment that you don't mean my mom's flan :) Thanks for your input, Chef!

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