I’m sitting outside right now listening to the horn of my local corn vendor who sounds to be a few streets over. He comes down our street everyday between 3 and 5 pm with his cooler full of steaming, hot corn. His cart has all the fixins for a mid-afternoon snack; lemon juice, mayonnaise, butter, cayenne pepper and cotija cheese. Whether you get it on the cob or in a bowl it’s $1.25 and absolutely tasty.
I lived in Venice and Santa Monica briefly before moving to Hollywood and in that decade, the one thing I missed the most was the corn man. See, I grew up in West Covina and went to school in La Puente. Everyday after school, the corn man was parked alongside the ice cream truck. We had the option of getting a relatively healthy snack or junk food. Beautiful! Living on the westside during that time, pretty much killed any chance of finding a guy walking down the street selling corn. Once Pan Pacific Park re-opened, we’d occasionally find the random vendor, but it could be 3 months before we were there the same time he was.
I’m always amazed at the number of Angelenos who have never had corn from the corn man, let alone those who’d never even seen or heard of corn vendor. I highly suggest that if you are in that number, you seek out a corn vendor. I get a bowl with everything, easy on the mayo. What’s your favorite combo?