La Flor de Michoacan Paleteria & Ice Cream
Samples: Pistachio, Corn, Cheese, Chamoy, Mango
Tres Leches with Glazed Strawberries
Arroz con Leche
Guava Cheese Ice Cream and Yellow Plum Sorbet with dried Fruit and Nuts
A longtime member of the “if ever in the area” list it was after late Lunch that a stop was made at La Flor de Michoacan Paleteria & Ice Cream on East Charleston, a sneaky suspicion that the area is probably not so safe at night set aside prior to 5pm though the staff was hit and miss in terms of making guests feel welcome.
In reality one of several similarly named locations in Las Vegas, whether the stores are all related uncertain as offerings differ from one to the next, it is immediately on entry that diners will notice a functional Bakery stocked with a limited number of Pastries and Cakes, one man wearing a hairnet perfectly pleasant in procuring three items from the case despite limited English.
Moving next to the attached Ice Cream shop, a youthful server stepping up to offer samples while an older heavy-set female barked in Spanish at two men waiting by the Restroom before questioning food photography as “weird” for the first time since perhaps 2012, it was from large spoonfuls of Ice Cream and Sorbet that the decision was made for two scoops, a total bill of $10.29 no doubt cheap considering both weight and variety.
Assuming Ice Cream to be outsourced, the young man stating “we just got that one this morning” in reference to Yellow Plum Sorbet that tasted precisely like a fresh Nectarine, it was atop a scoop of smooth Guava-Cheese that the ball was packed and topped lightly by Nuts and dried Fruit, bites of Corn and Mango also compelling while Chamoy, Pistachio and a flavor that tasted like Strawberries and Rice Krispies Treats which no one could translate all came across overly sweet.
Moving next to Baked Goods, the Aguas Frescas, Popsicles and packaged Fruits all passed over but popular amongst a largely Hispanic clientele, it was after just two bites that overly thick Rice Pudding was discarded, the Choco-Flan faring far better in its Cake Layer than the rubbery Custard while Tres Leches fortunately featured a good Sponge and plenty of Milk that was not overwhelmingly sweet save for the area directly beneath a thickly glazed Strawberry.
TWO AND A HALF STARS: Well priced and offering good variety it seems La Flor de Michoacan would be better served by a closer focus on quality and guest experience, though there are definitely some good items and workers amidst the rest.
RECOMMENDED: Guava Cheese Ice Cream, Yellow Plum Sorbet, Tres Leches.
AVOID: Pistachio Ice Cream, Flan, Rice Pudding.
TIP: 9a-9p daily.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.