Have you ever heard of Elote?
I randomly came across it when I was at Molino’s once and saw a table nearby order it. Having no idea what it was, I asked a nearby server who explained what the dish was.
Elote (prounounced Ay-Lo-Tay) according to Wikipedia is a popular street food in Mexico. It is customarily consumed on a stick (corn on the cob), or by grasping the husk of the cob that has been pulled down to form a “handle”. Condiments such as salt, chili powder, butter, cheese, lemon juice or lime juice, mayonnaise, and sour cream are usually added to the elote. Another way of presenting elotes is by serving the cut kernels in a bowl. In the southern and central areas of Mexico. Any of the toppings above are added to the corn and it is then eaten with a spoon.
The first time I tried it, I was very intrigued by it and the dish gradually grew on me. It’s now to the point I have it at least once every other week it seems.
This popular street food can be found at such restaurants as District Taqueria, Molino’s, Paleteria La Reyna but the one place I feel has the best Elote isn’t an actual stand alone restaurant.
It’s at a food truck; Monica’s Homemade Mexican Food Truck to be exact. To be sure of this, I bought a bunch of Elote from them and brought it over to a friend’s Labor Day barbecue to put it to the test.
Monica’s Mexican Homemade, which I have previously reviewed, serves it both in a cup and on the cob at the price of $3. You can order it mild or hot as well.
I’ve had it here multiple times but needed confirmation from others my opinion was close to correct. I ordered both mild and hot versions of their cup and on the cob Elote to bring back with me. Placed it out on the table and used peer pressure to force all my friends to try it.
This was one of those moments where peer pressure was used for good in this world because everybody loved it.
Many places that have Elote just load up on way too much mayonnaise which has a soggy texture to it. At Monica’s, they just line the outer edge of the up with mayonnaise so it’s not so much and fill the inside of the cup with buttered and salted corn, lime, and chili powder. The end result is glorious. A few friends who gave the cup version a try said it was by far the best Elote they’ve ever had. It was the perfect blend of everything with not one ingredient over done.
The corn on the cob version was also well received. It was boiled to perfection with the corn coming off the cob with little resistance. Although a bit messy to eat, it was worth the mess.
If you’re a big fan of Elote or want to try it at least once, definitely make Monica’s Homemade Mexican Food Truck your first visit.
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3 thoughts on “The Best Elote in Wichita”
Where is the food truck located (time and place). Would love to try this Elote.
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They are usually at SE corner of Seneca and Maple. They are putting up a much larger second truck somewhere very soon also.