A cob of roasted sweet corn, slathered in a spicy, creamy sauce and sprinkled with chili powder, cotija cheese and lime. The nickname given to this tasty vendor snack is “Mexican Street Corn,” but its actual name en español is elote (eh-LO-tay). Like a festival in your mouth—warm and flavorful—an elote brings tangy, spicy and sweet flavors together in a satisfying and rather addictive way. Lucky for us, our chances of spotting elotes on a local restaurant menu (Mexican or otherwise) has increased considerably. With some slight variations, scroll through these local elotes options, and while not definitive, add on your favorites as well.
With a SLmag Dining Award in 2018, our Executive Editor Mary Malouf describes that Alamexo’s Chef Matthew Lake, “dispels stereotypes of Mexican cuisine (and therefore culture), presenting that country’s myriad regional and sophisticated foods as a counterbalance to the American cult of the taco.” While they do indeed, serve tacos, Alamexo adds another authentic regional Mexican acompañante, their sublime elotes are made with summer-styled corn, fresco and a custom-blended chile molido.
268 State Street, SLC, 801-779-4747
South Salt Lake can represent an authentic Mexican-styled elote as well. While their leading menu items are tortas and tostadas, they serve comfort foods like elotes and takislokos (yes, those brightly red-colored rolled TAKIS tortilla chips) where the bag is cut lengthwise and filled with cukes, jicama, Japanese peanuts, pork rinds and hot sauce. The folks at Antojitos invite you to “Come and enjoy a delicious snack 100% Mexican. We have delicious natural fresh drinks of all types of fruits, and everything prepared at the moment.”
261 E. 3300 South, SLC, 385-528-2517
Yes, we realize, the Barrio’s “Street Corn in a Cup” isn’t authentic or roasted, it is a quick and easy hack on the traditional ear of elote. While we miss it fresh on a cob, frozen sweet corn is doctored up with butter, lime aioli, cotija, ancho chili powder and topped with fresh cilantro. Served in a bowl, it’s entire contents will be quickly gobbled up by the spoonful (bonus: no need to floss).
282 E 900 South, SLC, 801-613-2251
Take your pick: downtown, Foothill, Cottonwood, Fashion Place, just go to taqueria27.com to find the one nearest you. Along with their famous duck confit quesadilla and G.O.D. (guacamole of the day), order their fire-roasted street corn, with cilantro, queso cotija, lime and toasted chile powder.