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Dinner in a parking lot? Food Truck Bazaar sets up shop every month

Sweet crepe with banana

Looking for a new twist on dinner? If you’ve got about $6 to $10 to spare, the Food Truck Bazaar may be right up your alley. Every month, about 15 food trucks from Orlando converge on area parking lots to provide a little taste of foodie heaven, offering everything from barbecue to vegetarian fare to French cuisine and just about everything in between.

The Orlando food truck business is booming. Always popular with residents and visitors to the area, the food truck craze really took off thanks to the Food Network’s show, The Great Food Truck Race. Now, there are dozens of purveyors of mobile fare, prowling the streets, fairs, festivals and, yes, parking lots of Orlando and surrounding areas, providing choices that range from a quick snack to full-fledged, rib-sticking meal.

Here are just three of the dozens of vendors you might run across at the Bazaar or elsewhere around South Orlando:

The Crepe Company

Offering breakfast, entrée and dessert crepes made fresh while you wait. In addition to their truck, this eatery also operates European-style crepe carts. Choose from entrées like turkey-cranberry or veggie-Greek and follow it up with a sweet crepe from their dessert collection. Peach cobbler or banana-brownie crepe are good ones to try.

El Fogon De Abuela

Literally, “Grandma’s Stove,” this truck is regarded by many to be the best source of Puerto Rican-inspired food in the Orlando area. Two selections to try: mofongo con chicharron de pollo featuring mashed plantains and nuggest of juicy chicken, and the flank steak-based jibarito sandwich, prepared with plantain bread.

Local Yok’l

If breakfast is what you want, few do it better. In fact, this truck is so popular, it has its own loyalty card. Choose from sandwiches like the cheddar cheese and bacon on sourdough or opt for a something sweeter like stuffed French toast or buttermilk pancakes.

Want to know where the trucks will show up next? You can see the complete schedule here:http://www.thedailycity.com/p/orlando-food-trucks.html.

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