Sunny Fruit Stand

Cut-up melons, mangos, cucumbers and coconuts were among the fruit cups on sale at the Sunny fruit stand on Saturday morning. The lady behind the counter was also selling hot elote (sweet corn) on a stick or in a bowl, along with chile powder-covered mangos on a stick and half coconuts. I had a bowl of elote mixed with sour cream, parmesan and chile powder. The strawberries on a stick covered with strawberry-flavored sour cream were quite nice too.

Sunny is one of half a dozen "flea markets" that make up Houston's north end mercado district at Airline Drive and Louise Road, just south of Gulf Bank. The Airline Improvement District reports that 50,000 people visit the Airline Mercado on an average weekend. Each flea market has its own taquerias and assorted food stands. De Buey Y Vaca is the most famous taqueria, while Sunny specializes in fruits and vegetables. Mercado SabaDomingo has a huge dance hall and indoor vendor's stalls. Its food stands include several that specialize in goat tacos.

If you enjoy strolling around a Mexican mercado, check this place out some weekend. It's open Saturdays and Sundays only.

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