Street corn varieties and the dishes that follow know no bounds, except that they are simultaneously tangy, salty, spicy and a little sweet. Here are the five best street corn inspired dishes to try around The Coastal Bend.
Loaded Mexican StrEAT Corn Bowl
The loaded Mexican strEAT corn bowls at Loli’s have promoted street corn from a side dish to the main event. Their take on Mexican street corn, complete with avocado and chipotle crema, cilantro, queso fresco and lime, forms the base. The bowl is then topped with your choice of marinated asada, shredded chicken or grilled shrimp. Find Loli’s parked at the Grow Local Farmer’s market on Wednesday evenings and at various other locations around town. @lolisstreatery
La Paletera lets customers take classic elote and make it their own. Try the roasted corn with butter, mayo, chile and queso and add your choice of crushed Tostitos, Ruffles, Taki, Doritos or Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. The snacking options are endless with not only its playful take on elote, but also La Paletera’s fruit cups and other treats. 5021 Kostoryz
Jefe’s Mobile Cafe
Jefe’s Mobile Cafe, a local favorite food truck for its Corpito Fries, serves up a corn cup that pairs perfectly with any of its menu items. The buttered corn dish is topped with chipotle mayo, cotija cheese, cilantro and Tajin and served in a cup. Find Jefe’s parked in various locations around Portland throughout the week. @jefesmobilecafe361
The Flamin’ Corn at Lily’s Neveria takes classic corn in a cup and adds a bit of crunch and heat. Available in a cup or on the cob, the corn is topped with mayo, lime, queso fresco… and instead of chili, it is topped with crushed Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Enjoy this tangy, spicy, explosion of flavor in tandom with the sweet frozen treats. 2901 Norton St.
Cruzy’s Corn Cup
Cruzy’s has a plethora of creative flavors and elevated taco offerings, and its corn cup is no different. The perfect pairing to any of its mains, this side dish is a combination of roasted corn, garlic aioli, lemon pepper and tajin. This rich, zingy take on a corn cup will be sure to make your tastebuds sing. 7042 S. Staples st. #108