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

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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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Alex Rodriguez