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Tired of same old meals? Steer yourself to food trucks

Tired of eating at your desk or in the company lunchroom? Well, with Yakima’s choice of food trucks, offering quick service and delicious lunchtime fare, there’s really no reason to be stuck at the office. Many of the area’s food trucks, such as Chronic Food’s, are regulars at special events such as concerts at Tieton Cider Works and wine-tasting events around the Yakima Valley but a number of them also are open — at strategic locations around town — weekdays. And, while taco trucks have been a mainstay in the Yakima Valley for many years a few newcomers, such as Kim’s Got Smoke, which offers traditional barbecue and all the fixings, show menu offerings are expanding. So, what are you waiting for? Get outside in the sun and support a local business.

Here are a few options to get you started.

The South 1st Food Truck Court at 2105 S. First Street in Yakima houses several food trucks including Chronic Food’s, which blends Mexican and California food traditions; Lencha’s Hop Dogs, a stand that offers East Coast-style hot dogs; 5 Salsas, which sells tacos, tortas and quesadillas. Hours vary, but generally food trucks are there Tuesday through Saturday.

Try: Chronic Food’s version of Cali Burrito ($6.99) — a meat and potato burrito that became a staple for surfers in San Diego. Chronic Food’s version has carne asada, grilled chicken, french fries, cheese, onions, cilantro and sour cream wrapped in a flour tortilla. For those who love Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, check out Lencha’s Munchies Dog, a quarter-pound all-beef hot dog topped with Cheetos and nacho cheese. The hot dog is $5 ($6 with chips and a drink). Finally, try quesadillas from 5 Salsas ($2 each). For an additional $1.50 you can add one of the truck’s three meat offerings: asada (seasoned beef), adobada (marinated pork cooked with onion and pineapple) or birria (beef cooked in salsa and spices).

Kim’s Got Smoke recently resumed business in the parking lot at Skateland Family Fun Center, 2506 Old Town Road in Union Gap. The truck sells a variety of barbecue items, including a pulled-pork sandwich and a half-chicken. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

Try: The pulled-pork sandwich ($11). Barbecued pulled pork topped with the barbecue sauce of your choice. The sandwich comes with two sides — choose from baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw or macaroni and cheese.

• For those who attend Perry Technical Institute or work at or around the Yakima Airport, a taco fix is close by with Tacos Don Chayo, a food truck parked at the former Noland Decoto Flying Service property at 2810 W. Washington Ave. Most recently, it’s opened up an indoor seating area. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Try: Tacos ($1.25 each) feature your choice of meat and are topped with onions and cilantro. The burrito ($5), a wrapped tortilla filled with your choice of meat, rice, beans, lettuce, cheese and sour cream, is a customer favorite. Both — which can be easily customized to a customer’s taste — also come with a variety of condiments, such as the truck’s spicy green sauce. Meat options include beef, chicken, pork or tongue.

• Got some business in Ellensburg? Stop by The Red Pickle. The food truck, which is parked at Whipsaw Brewing at 704 Wenas St., features a variety of gourmet sandwiches with a Guatemalan twist in homage to owner Mario Alfaro’s heritage.

Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Try: The Gauchito ($8), the truck’s take on the old-fashioned hamburger. The beef burger is marinated with chimichurri, a green sauce made with serveral herbs, and topped with lettice, cheese and Siracha mayo. The burger comes with rosemary fries.

• Finally, before returning to the office, get your caffeine fix from Groovin’ Grounds. If you’re not into caffeine, there are plenty of other options, such as smoothies and flavored energy drinks. The truck doesn’t keep set hours or a location, but is usually around town several days a week. To find the truck’s whereabouts, call 509-669-4786.

Try: Owner Leah Toney’s favorite is a cup of drip coffee with a pump of carmel sauce ($2.50 for a 16-ounce cup, $5 for a 32-ounce cup). The drink gives a bit of sweetness without masking the flavor of the coffee, she said.