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Topeka food trucks gain popularity, offer a variety of cuisines

Food trucks are springing up everywhere. Their offerings are expanding as well, giving people the opportunity to step out of their comfort zones and try something new.

Antojitos Bermudez, at 21st St. and California Ave., offers shaved ice along with some out-of-the-ordinary Hispanic offerings.

On a recent visit, Michele Townes ordered chilindrinas, which feature a flour fritter topped with an assortment of fresh vegetables and other toppings.

“I think it’s good and refreshing looking,” she said.

Michele Townes orders a plate of chilindrinas from the Antojitos Bermudez food truck at 21st St. and California Ave.

Food trucks can be found often at the NOTO Arts District on N. Kansas Avenue and Friday Night Flicks at Evergy Plaza, 630 S. Kansas Ave.

Sometimes, they are at sports venues, like those for baseball, softball and soccer.

They also tend to congregate on the first Saturday of every month at Helping Hands Humane Society, 5720 SW 21st St., where music is played and funds are raised for the organization.

Many trucks simply park in various locations around town, although it can be difficult to pin them down without notification of their plans.

Setting up in shopping centers can be a win/win situation, since shoppers buy from trucks, food-truck regulars buy from stores and locations become more predictable for foodies.

Chef LaMona loves the relationships that develop where she parks

LaMona Scroggins, owner of Chef LaMona, prepares a plate of fried fish for her popular catfish sandwiches.  She often parks at 115 SW 29th St.

Chef LaMona Scroggins serves Cajun cuisine, with her own special catfish sandwiches, shrimp sandwiches and gumbo. She usually parks at 115 SW 29th St.

“Everybody’s really great about letting me park in the parking lot whenever I want to,” said Scroggins. She plans to start parking there Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

She stressed, however that guests should follow her truck tracking site in case plans change, or she has trucks at additional sites.

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