A new Black-owned food truck in the Omaha area will offer seafood boils in a matter of minutes.
Boiling Claws will be parked at 7450 Dodge St. in the old Applebee’s lot at 7 p.m. Friday for grand-opening festivities.
Owner and Chef Terrance Tilson, 23, has been operating a food business since last year. He offers bags of boiled seafood, potatoes, sausage and corn reminiscent of meals made popular in Louisiana.
Tilson ate a similar meal at a restaurant outside of Omaha and while he liked the taste, he didn’t like the 45-minute wait. So he devised a way to make it faster. He says his seafood boils are done in less than 12 minutes.
He also created a signature Cajun butter sauce that has been a hit with friends, family and customers.
“I started playing with different butter sauce flavors until I finally got it right,” Tilson said in a press release.
He got his start cooking for his family and posting pictures on social media. Eventually he was making up to 300 orders a week in his home kitchen.
“I was becoming a little overwhelmed … so I knew it was time to look into a food truck,” he said.
He also offers catfish, wings and other homemade sauces. Prices range from $16 to $55.
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