#36. Flan at Taleo Mexican Grill

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Years ago, I deemed the flan as Taleo "the best in the universe," a line that the restaurant includes in its dessert menu. I still stand by my hyperbole.

IFlan is usually a worthless dessert, a clammy clump of custard with a caramel topping crisped, but to the point where the only flavor you find is akin to eating charred tortilla flakes. Taleo, on the other hand, creates a miracle.



It's really as big as the picture suggests, and even better: creamy, yet with substance. Caramel top that tastes like pinche caramel. Did I mention it was huge? Most flans are puny things, but the flan at Taleo can easily feed two.

Taleo in general is a good place--pricey sometimes, but worth for a date. And definitely worth, if for one thing, for the flan. If Fate ever took me away from my beloved, godforsaken OC, I'd pack 30 of these in a freezer.

Taleo Mexican Grill, 3309 Michelson Dr., Irvine, (949) 553-9002; www.taleomexicangrill.com.

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