Every Thursday, you can find Rosa Cardoza leaving her Lenexa restaurant and heading out to a “secret” location somewhere in Kansas to purchase plantains for her dessert empanadas.
She’s hesitant to give the exact location of the store because she says it’s the only one in the area that provides her with the perfectly ripe plantains needed to make her signature sweet treat on her newest restaurant’s menu.
“If (the plantains) are too ripe, we can’t use them,” Cardoza said. “They’re just no good. When I can’t find the right (plantains), then we won’t have them that week.”