By Kelly Neilson
As corn is nearing the end of its season, eating it whenever the opportunity strikes seems like a great decision. Fortunately a city like Philadelphia allows you plenty of opportunities to enjoy the fresh flavors of fall, especially corn. It can be found at Farmers Markets, as elote (Mexican street corn) or as simple grilled corn. If you’re looking for the best places for corn dishes in Philadelphia, look no further than this list.
Barry Davis Produce Stand
821 Collegeville Road
Skippack, PA 19426
Betty Davis Produce Stand serves fresh veggies and fruit outside Philly in Skippack and is open 7 days a week from June through November. They only sell local produce and grow a lot of different vegetables including sweet corn. Here, you can be sure you’re purchasing the freshest of food – the produce is picked daily and often throughout the day. The stand is open air and doesn’t close during rain.
La Calaca Feliz
2321 Fairmount Ave.
Phildadelphia PA 19130
La Calaca Feliz is a Mexican cantina in the Art Museum district. It cooks delicious meals using seasonal and authentic ingredients. They serve Mexican favorites including fish, beef, pork or poultry tacos and enchilada’s, guacamole and quesadilla’s. For a starter, you’ll want to order the elotes loco, a corn on the cob seasoned with lime mayo, queso fresco and chile peguin. Pair your corn and entree with a margarita or cocktail.
Sidecar Bar and Grille
2201 Christian St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
The Sidecar Bar and Grille is a neighborhood pub in Graduate Hospital. This gastropub makes unique burgers – including a vegetarian black bean burger topped with cheddar, salsa and mayo. They serve a Mexican elote (corn on the cob) that is made with roasted corn, Mexican crema, dried chile and cotija cheese. Come in during happy hour for half off 7 selected drafts and $4 cocktails.
19 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Sancho Pistola’s is another Mexican restaurant that serves delicious corn on the cob. It’s seasoned with chipotle mayo, queso cotija and chili powder. Corn can also be found in Sancho Pistola’s crab enchilada’s and lettuce salad. If you’re looking for a late-night eat, the kitchen is open until 1 a.m. every night, but Sancho Pistola’s is a great place to eat at anytime. It serves a wide variety of tacos, both land and sea, and meals including tortilla soup, nachos and a burger that is topped with jalepeno bacon.
The Twisted Tail is a fun bar and restaurant in the Headhouse district in Philadelphia. It serves a simple corn grilled with honey and shaved parmesan and is only $4 during its happy hour. Corn also comes as a side when you order the braised short rib or smoked duck breast. Enjoy your corn with a bourbon, glass of wine or beer from the tap.
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