A-maize-ing Mexican Cuisine: Elote in Metro Detroit
By: Michael Fossbakk
August 5, 2019
It’s hard to think of a good reason to say no to authentic, delicious Mexican food. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, freshly-made guacamole are all common staples, but there may be one item you may have overlooked on the menu: elote.
Elote is a traditional Mexican dish consisting of grilled corn (either on or off the cob), and topped/prepared with a variety of ingredients that range from different kinds of mayo, cilantro, lime, chili spices and more.
If you’ve never tried elote or your eyes simply skimmed over it the last time you hit up your favorite Mexican restaurant, I urge you to visit again and keep your eyes peeled for this delicious dish that compliments any great Mexican entree.
Located on Willis St., Alley Taco has a simple but bountiful menu to explore. Their burritos are huge and packed with food, but if you’re still left feeling hungry or just want a smaller taste of this Midtown joint, there are four varieties of elote to choose from. “Traditional” uses chili lime, “Alley Style” is topped with jalapeño ranch, “Smokey” has a kick of chipotle cheese and “Garlic Cilantro” speaks for itself. If you’re in the neighborhood on a sunshiny day, pull up a chair on the patio and enjoy great food & great weather.
At Calexico in Detroit, you’ll find all kinds of starters to go with your main course. The good news is that their elote is served the traditional way (on the cob), and is topped with cotija cheese, lime mayo, chile powder, sour cream and cilantro. After you finish off those tasty cobs, check out their burritos, tacos, fajitas or rolled quesadillas for a complete, flavor-filled meal.
If you’re in northern Oakland County and hankerin’ for some delicious elote, Taco Tienda Mexicana is the place to go. Located inside of a Mexican grocery store in Madison Heights, Taco Tienda makes ample use of its shared space. Street tacos, quesadillas and, yes, elote can be found on the menu. After you chow down, check out the market for anything you might want to bring home and make for the family!
This Ferndale staple has certainly made a name for itself and while most patrons will be aware of their street tacos and margaritas, elote fans will be happy to know they can order a side for just $3. They use sweet corn, grill it and add poblano lime cream, cotija cheese and chilis. There’s even a vegan option that swaps out the poblano lime cream and cotija cheese for a vegan Cholula aioli and almond.
A newcomer to the scene in Detroit, Peso opened earlier this year and immediately enticed local fans of Mexican cuisine with a long list of tortas, burritos and platillos, and an even longer list of margaritas and other cocktails. If you’re looking for something to snack on with your beverages, the street-style elote is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Roasted sweet corn, ancho aioli, herb cheese blend, pepper and onion all combine for a tasty treat any day of the week.