Mexican Food: Just Desserts

Living la vida dulce


Photograph by Lisa Romerein

Shaved Ice
The heavenly Oaxacan raspados at Natura Bar are filled with syrup or Mexican eggnog, garnished with tamarind fruit chunks and nuts, and sweetened with raw sugar. 
 3335 1/4 W. 8th St., Koreatown, 213-784-0943. 

Forget Disneyland. At Olvera Street’s Mr. Churro, the cinnamon sugar sticks are made to order and filled with dulce de leche, strawberry, or custard.
» 15 Olvera St., downtown, 213-680-9036. 

Tres Leches
Soak up condensed milk, heavy cream, and evaporated milk with sponge cake, and you have the base for this dessert. Rosa Mexicano’s has meringue and a mango salsa. 
 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213-746-0001.

At its height, flan achieves an otherworldly texture somewhere between rain cloud and butter. Not sure what we mean? Try the version at La Casita Mexicana.
»  4030 E. Gage Ave., Bell, 323-773-1898.