- El Elote Loco
- Broadacres Swap Meet, 2930 N. Las Vegas Blvd., 642-3777.
- Friday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Mexican street food elote plasero (grilled corn) is not easily available around the Valley. So when I heard whispers of a Northtown swap meet offering the dish, I felt obliged to compare it to the version I’m enamored with at Hussong’s at Mandalay Place. From a booth near the northwest entrance of the Broadacres Swap Meet, El Elote Loco (The Crazy Corn) is a purveyor of corn in a variety of preparations. You can get corn on the cob (boiled or grilled, each $2) or in a cup ($2.50), pancake ($1.50) or tamale ($2). All are mighty good, but the grilled corn is the rightly acknowledged star. It comes slathered with your choice of mayo, squeeze butter (Parkay!), cotija cheese or chili flakes, and is a simple foil to Hussong’s more intricate offering. It’s also a bargain at a third the price of its Strip doppelgänger. Even with swap-meet admission (50 cents to $1.50) you come out ahead. Which is better? Depends on your mood: laid-back swap or lavish Strip? Either way, you’re in for a treat.