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Jan 16, 2007 06:39 AM

Corn on the cob from street vendors

I don't know what these are called besides elotes but I love the corn they sell on the streets here in LA.

At first I thought it sounded disgusting. mayo, butter, shredded cheese and chili powder on corn but it tastes sooo good. Many times I have gotten it the corn itself was nice and sweet.

Anyone know of good areas for this? A guy used to come around my street but I got kinda leary seeing the guy pushing a shopping cart with a pot of corn and jars of mayo laying in the cart all day in the summer.

There used to be a guy on Florence and Mountain View in Huntington Park who had a nicer set up and seemed cleaner at least the cold stuff was on ice. But I guess he was kicked out of the area.

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  1. While we're asking, any places closer to the west side? TIA

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    1. re: Pei

      At the moment they are't coming around, but our kids always leap off the couch to the sound of the corn man's horn on our street, which is north of Washington Blvd and west of La Cienega (east of Helms). I am not sure if he goes into Culver City proper, as they may not want him there. He is a fairly regular fixture in summer and fall around here, but I don't know his route. More likely, he pops up onto Venice Boulevard and heads toward the Helms Bakery Building.

      1. re: NAspy

        There are several vendors that walk the pedestrian route along Culver Blvd between Sawtelle & Marina del Rey.

      2. re: Pei

        We are lucky in that the Mini Van Tamale lady who comes down our street does Mayo Corn, but it can be really hit and miss, we perfer the street vendor ones actually... Infact, one time P. had me PULL over the car because he saw our favorite west side cart mayo corn guy walking down Inglewood and Culver... Most cart guys make their rounds in the nearby neighborhoods there... This one got as far as our old neighborhood in Mar Vista, but mostly in the Apt. areas, not residental....

        BUT the best bet to find Mayo Corn and other Mexican Street Treats is on Sundays at the smaller Catholic Churches after Mass. Again, the little church on Inglewood near Culver has a great 'street' vendor variety on Sunday. We rode past there a few weekends ago on our way to the Mar Vista market and we KNOW we have to stop one of these days to check out the scene... I know there is another church in Santa Monica that has the same thing....


        1. re: Dommy

          So there are just a bunch of carts there waiting for church to let out?! Fantastic!

          Reminds me of my relatives' stories of schools in Taiwan and China, where vendors hang around right outside the school walls, waiting to sell dumplings, bao, and other street treats to hungry students.

          1. re: Dommy

            You've solved a mystery for me! I work at a school that is adjacent to a largely-Hispanic Catholic church, and I could never understand why the place is littered with corn cobs on sticks on Monday mornings! Thank you for the info!!!!

        2. I always see the Corn guy at Echo Park. I've seen him there within a week ago.

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          1. re: czaplin

            yup, there's usually a few people selling corn on the weekends at the lake in addition to the elote lady on the corner of logan and sunset in echo park.

            by the way, there are usually choices between yellow and white corn, and sometimes hard or soft. my preference is yellow and soft. you can also choose between grilled or boiled. sometimes the grilled is dry, but has more flavor. the boiled is always juicy, unless the corn is bad.

          2. After I made this post I realized its winter and the corn really isnt in season so much. I had seen the Taco Truck thread and it made me think of the corn.

            I really miss that guy that had the cart here. I think he comes from LA because one day on the way home from downtown area he was in front of us going south on Alameda. At that time we didnt have to chase him down because we knew he would be there by our house but now if I ever saw him I'd hunt him down.

            1. Part of the reason we're not seeing them much right now is corn is a warm season crop - there's just not much available and what is available is very starchy with big kernels. Not v. tasty - what we used to call "horse corn." Even with global food production, corn just isn't one of those things you see getting shipped from Chile. But I understand the longing. Sigh. Might be best to wait a few months.

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              1. re: neobite

                Ha! We used to call it "cow corn." Same concept. Yuck.

              2. At least in season, you can get this kind of corn at the South Pasadena farmers' market on Thursday evenings.