29. Mango Tango Joe Latti at Joe's Italian Ice

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Summer nights at Joe's Italian Ice are like a perfectly Valencia-filtered Instagram photo. At the Anaheim location, the white dessert shop glows against the gray and purple sky during sunset. Neighboring buildings adorn the tiny but populated lot with slightly curved palm trees. When people are no longer in line (there's always a line), they're either eating their ice cream at the trunk of their parked cars or sitting at the provided tables and booth outside. Add oldies playing overhead and leftover warmth from the sun and you have a scene that looks like it could be from Grease (who knows, “Summer Nights” might even be in their playlist.)

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I step into this scene whenever I'm specifically craving a perfect Orange County summer night. My go-to order is a Joe Latti in mango–in other words, the perfect marriage between creamy custard and tangy ice. Custard-ice-custard sums up the architecture of this dessert, and it always ignites conversations between me and who I'm with. I've found that some like to mix their ice with the custard and others go at each individually. I have my own method: because I'm crazy about making sure I have enough custard for the ice, I eat the left side first so that the right resembles a cliff. This allows me to scoop from the bottom layer of custard through the ice and to the top layer of custard, ensuring I get double custard and the right amount of ice.

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38. Fig N Burrata Tart at Driftwood Kitchen
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42. Bibimbap at Morangak
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44. Poke at Bear Flag Fish Company
45. Tijuana-Style Carne Asada Tacos at Tío Flaco's
46. NM Style Enchiladas at Panxa Cocina
47. Pan-Fried Crispy Noodles With Shredded Pork at Phoenix Food Boutique
48. The Happy Hour Menu at TAPS
49. Pork Cutlet Curry at Cafe Hiro
50. Piadina at Piadina
51. Consomé de Barbacoa at El Torito Nuevo
52. Black Goat Casserole at Mirak
53. Wagon Wheel at French's Cupcake Bakery
54. Molletes at Taco Maria
55. That Awesome Hot Sauce at Akropolis
56. The Hermanator at Peter's Gourmade Grill
57. Bolsa Bao at Baos Hog
58. Full Moon Roll at Full Moon Sushi
59. Fried Chicken at Plaza Inn
60. Tonkotsu Spicy Ramen at Ramen Yamadaya
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62. AYCE Sushi at Sake 2 Me
63. Yaki Dog at Burntzilla
64. Fruit Sorbet at the Playground
66. Dulce de Leche Walnut Shrimp Taco at Dos Chinos
65. Buñuelo Waffle at Waffles Inc
67. Cajun Seafood Pasta at The Big Catch
68. Belgian Fries at Wursthaus
69. Scoops x Contra Ice Cream Float at Scoops Ice Cream Santa Ana
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71. Hummus at Mick's Karma Bar
72. Savory Baked Goat Cheese Bread Pudding at Eat Chow
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75. Smashed Potatoes at Standing O
76. Dim Sum at Seafood Cove #2
77. Loco Moco at Bread Crumb Ohana Cafe
78. Bratwurst at Barley Forge
79. Beef Noodle Soup at (Wafting Fragrance) Noodle House
80. Taco de Nopal at Urban Cactus
81. Fried Chicken at Crazy Chi-Mac
82. Mole Tots at Amor y Tacos
83. Khao Soi at S.T. Noodle Bar
84. Chili Cone Queso at Cozy Cone Motel
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86. Teriyaki Chicken Plate at California Plate
87. Combo Plate at MasalaCraft
88. Cornbread Waffle N Chicken at Mrs. Bea's
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