ANDERSON — As the aroma of jambalaya wafted through the air, a group of people lined up outside of The Big Easy food truck Thursday afternoon.
Even with temperatures in their 40s and scattered rain, owner Leah Green said she had a steady stream of customers at this season’s third Food Truckin’ Thursday.
“It seems pretty popular,” she said. “It’s a great thing for the city.”
The Big Easy and Karma Kitchen food trucks parked downtown as patrons migrated to Citizens Plaza for lunch a few weeks after the event’s spring return.
While some people showed up in just their T-shirts, others were bundled up.
Levi Rinker, economic development specialist and Food Truckin’ Thursday organizer, made jokes about a quick summer and winter’s return while he waited in line at The Big Easy truck.
“I’m still here. I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “It’s easy to brave.”
As Rinker ordered his lunch he told Green he’d be back for his bread pudding; that way it would still be warm when it was time to have dessert. He then sat and ate his meal under the gazebo where Slick Music Center owner Rick Singleton and other musicians played, including “Help!” by The Beatles.
The Big Easy served up Southern classics, including catfish po’boy, shrimp po’boy and jambalaya.
Around the corner Kitchen Karma had walking tacos, beef brisket and buffalo chicken wrap on its menu for the day.
Neil Stevenson walked to Citizens Plaza Park from the County Government Center to grab lunch from Karma Kitchen.
“It’s just a unique venue,” he said. “You start seeing this a lot more in larger cities, so it’s just kind of nice Anderson has it. It’s different from going to a restaurant.”