It’s corn! A big lump with knobs! Chances are you’ve heard the song that quickly went viral after Recess Therapy—a social media account that’s known for interviewing children on playgrounds—met Tariq, aka the Corn Kid, who shared his enthusiasm about corn with the world that was amazingly turned into a corn-themed song using a remixed version of his thoughts on corn. He tried it with butter and everything changed, so can you imagine his excitement if he got the chance to try these dishes?
Well, if you’re in South Florida, then you’re one step ahead of the cute Corn Kid and can make your way to these 18 restaurants to check out their various dishes made with corn that were trendy before It’s Corn took over the Internet.
Agnolotti at Jaguar Sun
The downtown gem known equally for its delicious food as it is for its creative drinks is home to some of the best pasta in Miami. Including a delightfully light and fluffy corn-filled fresh agnolotti featuring blue crab, saffron, and marcona almonds.
Corn and Pomegranate Salad at Restaurant & Bar
LPM Restaurant & Bar, the internationally-known French Riviera-inspired restaurant, serves an exquisite variety of light Mediterranean cuisine including its popular Salade de Maïs et Grenade. The à la carte dish is made with grilled sweet corn, pomegranate, spring onion, fresh lime juice, mint, coriander, parsley, and topped with a homemade dressing of merlot vinegar, dijon mustard, yuzu juice and honey.
Corn Corn Corn at swan
Because one type of corn isn’t enough, guests at Swan, David Grutman’s and Pharrell Williams’ restaurant in Miami’s Design District, can indulge in the Corn, Corn, Corn. The side dish (which happens to be one of Pharrell’s favorites), is made of creamy polenta, brown butter, and popcorn.
Crispy Polenta at Boia De
The Michelin-starred Little Haiti restaurant by chef couple Alex Meyer and Luciana Giangrandi actually serves up corn in two very different ways. One is a Crispy Polenta which is a great shareable dish served with marinated eggplant and ricotta salata. And then there’s the Sweet Corn Agnolotti, that’s one of Boia De’s beloved homemade pasta dishes, with accompanying ingredients that typically change seasonally. Currently, it is being served with chanterelle mushrooms.
Roasted Mexican Corn at The Katherine
Everyone loves Mexican style elote and this is Timon Baloo’s version of it at The Katherine’s. It’s an Indian-style charred street corn with cool and spicy curry aioli, warm garam masala spice, and lime. This was inspired through the chef’s travels and California origin where street corn was popular.
Sweet Corn Tamalito at Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Bar
This dish is inspired by wanderlust using bold, vibrant flavors that transport diners to the Southwest. The Sweet Corn Tamalito is made with black tiger shrimp, lemon beurre blanc, scallion, and chipotle.
It’s Summer Corn Soup at True Food Kitchen The Falls
For anyone craving corn right now, head straight to True Food Kitchen at The Falls for their Summer Corn Soup. The sweet corn flavor that everyone loves is perfectly complemented by the spice of roasted hatch chile and topped with cilantro. When guests try out this thick corn soup topped with fresh, flavorful chile and cilantro…everything will change!
Elote at The Santa Taqueria
La Santa Taqueria is known for its truly authentic Mexican fare by Chef Omar “Omi” Montero. A known and loved Mexican dish is, of course, street corn. At La Santa the Elote are made with mayo, cotija cheese and chile powder, the perfect side dish just like you’d find on the streets of Mexico.
Summer Corn Risotto at Orno
True sweet corn connoisseurs, including most farmers, know it’s best to eat corn the day it is picked. Chef Niven Patel is an expert in farm-fresh cuisine as he sources many of the fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from his farm, Rancho Patel, in Homestead, FL. To enjoy all-things corn, try the Miami Summer Corn Risotto, which includes parmigiano, corn and Rancho Patel sunflower shoots, all in a creamy and hearty risotto.
Sancocho Soup at Love Life Cafe
The popular Wynwood eatery knows how to make plant-based dishes that even meat eaters will love. The hearty Sancocho Soup is made with yuca, corn, plantains and red bell pepper.
Brisket Elote at La Traila
Another Mexican street corn, but this time it’s topped with chopped brisket, cotija cheese, Mexican crema and housemade sauce. Imagine Mexican elote and Texas-style brisket had a baby—it’s the best of both worlds. Inspired by trips to Mexico as a child and family BBQs in Texas, La Traila gives life to those not-so-pretty pieces of brisket with this brisket elote dish.
Asian Anticuchos at CH’I Brickell
Serving Asian fusion in Brickell, CH’I’s menu features Chinese cuisine with a Latin twist. CH’I takes diners on a culinary journey where traditional Chinese cuisine units with explosive Latin flavors. If you’re craving corn check out the Asian anticuchos served with roasted corn ribs and a beef, chicken, red onion, red pepper, cilantro, potato skewer with jasmine rice, teriyaki aioli on the side.
Grilled Sweet Corn at EST.33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen
I mean look at this thing….Brickell City Centre’s EST.33 Grilled Sweet Corn with Thai citrus herb butter is served straight from the flames of the grill. The staple is available to pair with any of their BBQ dishes and refreshing in-house beers.
Elote Loco at Canyon
Canyon serves unique American artisanal cuisine with Asian, South and Central American undertones and when it comes to corn dishes, they serve a twist on street corn with served corn rib style featuring southwest BBQ spice and queso fresco.
Cornbread at Rivertail
This classic corn comfort food is elevated with cojita cheese, sesame, and honey butter at Fort Lauderdale’s riverfront casual dining spot Rivertail by James Beard-nominated chef Jose Mendin.
Corn Nuggets at Legends Tavern and Grille
Found on the bar classics menu, are Legends Tavern and Grille’s beloved corn nuggets. These crispy, sweet corn bites are a fan favorite and are served with homemade honey butter.
Street Corn in a Cup at Talkin’ Tacos
A pandemic born food truck whose popularity quickly grew to expand into two brick-and-mortar spaces to be able to serve guests their famous tacos and Mexican food every day. Served in both the Brickell and Miramar locations, this grilled corn is topped with cilantro, cotija cheese, spicy mayo, and plenty of crushed Takis.
Elote De Calle at COYO Taco
With locations all over South Florida, you’re never too far from a COYO Taco location where you can get elote de calle. The dish comes served with chipotle aioli, cotija and tajin. It’s also available as esquites — aka off the cob and in a bowl.