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An elote van on the beach at South Padre Island.Rental condos, kitschy souvenir shops, and golf carts are the stuff of summer vacation for tourists on South Padre Island. But residents prefer beach barbecues, bobbing on waves atop a floatie—unicorn shapes are popular—and, most of all, elotes served on the cob or in a cup (referred to as elote en vaso or sometimes esquites) but always slathered with mayo, cheese, and a dusting of chili powder. You can find them at the far north end of the barrier island, where buildings give way to windswept sand dunes. Networks of families and longtime friends cruise the beach in retrofitted vans and school buses. They are known as eloteros, which is more of a catchall name for mom-and-pop trucks that specialize in the corn dish but…

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