MOUNT GREENWOOD — A steady stream of customers arrived Wednesday afternoon to study the menu board at La Michoacana, The Green Party Inc. in Mount Greenwood.
The store at 3211 W. 111th St. specializes in Mexican desserts, including popsicles made with fresh melon ($1.81), banana milkshakes ($3.95) Mangollada, which is ice cream topped with fresh mangos, lime and a special chili topping ($3.95 small/$6.95 large).
The tiny storefront also sells elotes, a Mexican-style sweet corn served with mayonnaise, cheese and chili powder ($2.50). Then, there's Chicharrones or pigskins ($2), Cheetos topped with cheese ($2.95), tamales ($1.50), hot dogs ($2.50), quesadillas ($2.25) and more.
Manager Patricia Plascencia believes it will succeed because there is no other shop it nearby.
"It's different," she said Wednesday. "There are good neighbors, good people here."
Plascencia has worked for the last three years at nearby El Gallo at 2547 W 111th St. in Morgan Park. She said the two companies are separate, but the success she saw just there spurred the new dessert shop.
Corn on the cob is cut to prepare elotes at La Michoacana, The Green Party Inc. in Mount Greenwood. This Mexican-style sweet corn is served in a cup with mayonnaise, cheese and chili powder ($2.50). [DNAinfo/Howard A. Ludwig]
Miranda Perez and Christine Bradshaw are high school seniors and were eager to check out Mount Greenwood's newest sweet shop. Both ordered elotes. Perez, a student at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, also ordered a bag of duros — a pinwheel shaped snack.
Bradshaw, a Marist High School student, enjoyed the Mangollada. She said customers should not be thrown off by the chili topping as it is not overly spicy but rather creates a unique flavor profile that hasn't been previously available in their neighborhood.
"It's fresh. It's really good," said Bradshaw, 17, of the shop that will be open everyday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
She said one of her friends highlighted the shop on Snapchat, and both she and Perez agreed that their neighborhood could use a place for teens to gather that sells inexpensive treats like ice cream and fresh fruit juice ($5.95).
"A lot of us don't have a place to hang out," Bradshaw said.
Here are a few other highlights from the shop's eclectic menu:
• Fruit with yogurt ($5.50 small/$7 large)
• Homemade potato chips ($3.50)
• Fresa or Strawberries with Creme ($4.50)
• Pina Loca — a pineapple is used as a bowl with this dessert filled with ice cream, fresh fruit, whipped cream and more ($9)
• Monster Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich ($3)
• Single scoop ice cream cone ($2.49)
• Banana split ($5.50)
• Tortas or a Mexican-style sandwich ($4.99)