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Uchepos and Other Corn-y Delights in Santa Rosa

Melanie Wong | Nov 26, 200212:06 AM

Discussion on the Chicago board about elote prodded me to a follow-up visit to Karen’s Hot Dogs on Sebastopol Road ([BROKEN LINK REMOVED]) in Santa Rosa. Elote loco was $1.50 for big cupful of corn kernels cut off the cob, topped with a squiggle of mayo and grated queso fresco. I added chili powder from the shaker. Eating this the lazy man’s way from a cup instead of gnawing off the cob has the added advantage of the sweet juices enriched by the creamy mayo to savor with each spoonful of the kernels. This was a whole new spin on creamed corn.

With the autumn chill in the air, Karen’s was also offering atole, $1.00. This was a more satiny and smooth style, akin to a loose pudding, with less grit and a gentle vanilla-y spice.

The Delicias Elenitas taco truck parked at Lita’s Coffee Shop had a little brother, Delicias Elenitas elotes y frutas, parked alongside. No frutas this time of year, but in addition to elotes, uchepos (aka tamales de elote) are offered for 2 pieces for $4.00. Served hot from the steamer, then topped with crema and queso fresco, I was surprised when tomatillo salsa was offered. Even more surprising was how much I liked the hot and spicy accent on the sweet tamale. This had a rougher texture than many I’ve tried, but was much fluffier at the same time.


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