Explain something to me ...
- ipsedixit Jan 31, 2014 02:48 PM
Why don't more (or any?) restaurants still do a respectable corn-on-the-cob with a big stick running down the center of it so you can pick it up and eat it like a vegetable lollipop?
Well, I found one. In Huntington Park (you listening Mattapoisett in LA?)
It's Johnny's Chick'n Arroz.
Johnny's Chick'n Arroz is generally a laughably funny place to eat. It's basically selling bad Chinese-American food with a dash of Taiwanese-Japanese pop culture thrown into the mix. It's biggest clientele appears to be bargain shoppers after a visit to Fallas Paredes.
But whatever. For me, it's raison d'être is the sweet grilled corn. Whole. With a stick. Sweet, crunchy, a bit salty, and with nice bits of charred niblets scattered throughout -- it's really why god made portable dental floss.
It is the end of January. How could they be serving fresh, really good corn on the cob? Maybe there is some coming up from regions south...
Couple of good spots for this in H'wood. One is Pinche's on Sunset, a Mexican version with (IIRC) cotija sprinkled on top, another at Baby Blues BBQ on Santa Monica near Fairfax with (IIRC) loads of parmesan and a chipotle cream sauce.
Baby Blues makes surprisingly good BBQ, too. Great spicy wings.
Pinches (Sunset near Crescent Heights, Santa Monica Place, and Culver City near Helms) has amazing Mexican corn on the cob, as does Malo in Silverlake. Esquela on Beverly has it too, but I don't really love theirs.