Summer where you’re from might mean corn on the cob, but summer in Las Vegas means elote. Actually, scratch that – every season in Las Vegas means elote. The popular menu item, otherwise known as Mexican street corn, is pure comfort food in the form of grilled corn slathered with mayonnaise and butter and sprinkled with cotija, salt and chile powder, plus a squeeze of lime. Typically served on the cob, but also available off the cob for easier eating, elote can be found all over the Las Vegas valley, both on and off the Strip, but is especially prominent on the east side of town. Order the traditional version, or look for exciting varieties like a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos variation, at these Las Vegas restaurants:
Pinches has three locations in Las Vegas: one in Henderson, one on the southwest side of town and one very popular location at Downtown Container Park on Fremont Street. Expect classic elote here, made with Mexican cream, chili powder and cheese. Pair it with the restaurant’s signature tacos (the lengua and nopal tacos are especially tasty) and definitely get a blood orange margarita.
A swanky wine bar in Chinatown and elote? Some things are a match made in heaven. Belly up to the bar at Mordeo and order an elote skewer or two. Prepared with paprika, parmigiano reggiano and rocoto aioli, elote here is served on a skewer, and can be shaved into a bowl if you’d like to enjoy it off the cob.
LA import Dirt Dog is known for its crazy hot dogs, but the restaurant also serves creative elote. If you like it spicy, order yours flaming corn style, which is coated with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, lime mayo, chipotle aioli and cilantro, or opt for a cheesy variety with regular Cheetos, cheese sauce, lime mayo and cilantro. Also available are elote hot dogs. Get the traditional-ish version topped with corn, cotija, chili powder and bacon or go for the flaming hot elote dog.
La Flor Es Michoacán
Eastside favorite La Flor Es Michoacán is a tiny little spot with pink chairs and walls that serves elote, chamango and homemade frozen treats. Tucked away in a shopping plaza off of Eastern Avenue next to Mariana’s Supermarket, this is a great spot for a quick midafternoon elote treat. Order regular or spicy elote off the cob and eat it with a spoon. Then treat yourself to a huarache, torta or an ice cream cone.
Chamango offers three Las Vegas locations, giving you easy access to elote, nachos, frescas con cremas and, of course, the namesake menu item. Find Chamango just off of the Strip at the Boulevard Mall on the Maryland Parkway, on North Las Vegas Blvd near Sunrise Manor and at Sahara and Decatur. Elote fans can order it on the cob or in two different sizes in a cup. Look for a Chamango food truck to show up periodically at Las Vegas events like Just Add Water Street in Henderson.