Ah Capitalism. An economic system that has provided us with the miracles of no-freeze cheese, Viagra and Levitra, and pet funerals (seriously, NPR did a story on this yesterday). My point is, where there’s a market for something, someone is likely to be selling. This especially holds true in one of my favorite little entrepreneurial corner of Highland Park. Directly in front of the Food 4 Less (5100 N. Figueroa St.) sit no fewer than six food vendors. Two taco trucks (TakiTacos, reviewed here, being one of them), one esquites and elotes vendor, two guys selling champurrado and tamales from the back of their van, a man selling cups of fruit and yogurt, and a man selling shaved ice. A few nights back I visited and tasted a few of them with the following results: Esquites and elotes are awesome. Creamy, spicy, and a little sweet all at the same time, both of these corn dishes always hit the spot. The main difference between the two is that esquites are served in a soup form while elotes are served on the cob and placed on a stick for you. Both are liberally covered in Mexican cream, lime juice, and chile. The tacos, as always, are deeply satisfying both gastronomically and economically. They grill onions with the meat to effectively soak up any missed grease. Not healthy, but damn good. The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of was the champurrado. It’s a thick drink made with masa and chocolate. It tastes like what you would get if you blended a little chocolate and hot water with a tamale.
This marketplace doesn’t only serve food, it also hawks a few wares. One guy is frequently set up with perfume on an upside-down cardboard box, and another is situated just to the north of TakiTaco selling illegal DVDs. This spot can’t miss when I feel like spending a relaxed night grubbing Mexican food on my couch and watching The Simpson’s Movie complete with the back of some guy’s head and a real laugh track. See you there!