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Atlanta grants first mobile food truck permit

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Carson Young with the Yumbii taco truck sent out this Tweet yesterday — music to the ears of the many people vested in seeing Atlanta develop a food-truck culture.

This means the truck is no longer confined to vending mobile food in one or two designated areas. It can now, say, answer the call from an office building and set up operations in its parking lot. This is the promise of Los Angeles-style mobile food: in a city where it can be hard to get to the good food, the good food can come to you.

Yumbii sells the Korean tacos developed by Hankook Taqueria.

One small step for truck, one giant step for truckkind.

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Mr. Rogers

August 3rd, 2010
10:59 am

Can you say “Salmonella on Wheels,” Boy and Girls?

B-fan

August 3rd, 2010
11:08 am

I can say good eats. These trucks are hugely successful in LA and Oakland.

jonnymack

August 3rd, 2010
11:15 am

Yes Mr. Rogers, that’s exactly what they are going for. A mobile salmonella dispensary.

I personally can’t wait, I’m actually going to get a twitter account for this.

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Citysearch Atlanta, ajcdinecritic, Laura Scholz, Julia Rachel, Cecilia Dominic and others. Cecilia Dominic said: RT @LauraScholz: YAY! :) (and about freaking time). RT @AJCFoodandMore: Atlanta grants first mobile food truck permit http://bit.ly/968xvQ [...]

[...] As reported in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Yumbii Korean-Mexican-Southern truck has both its permits (health and police), the first truck to succeed in that respect. [...]

Letetereleven

August 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

That’s right, Mr. Rodgers. And MART is for degenerates who can’t afford cars, bicyclists should just get out of your lane, and everyone should just hermetically seal themselves in a bubble 24/7. I say yay and keep it coming for anything that helps Atlanta act like more like a real city! Go food trucks!!

Letetereleven

August 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

That’s “MARTA”. :)

Robin Cailloux

August 3rd, 2010
11:54 am

I got a twitter account for this, too! Now I follow Westside Creamery and Artichoke Bliss. I hope they join the food truck revolution, too. It’s about time, Atlanta!

alan

August 3rd, 2010
11:57 am

Wow Mr. Rogers. Have you ever been out of your house? Mobile food purveyors have been around (everywhere but Atlanta) for, oh I don’t know, forever.

Joe

August 3rd, 2010
11:58 am

This is exactly what this city needs – just came back from Seattle and had a bunch of Marination Mobile’s shredded kahlua pork sliders (amazing), then had one of Hector’s burritos over in VaHi this weekend (outstanding). Atlanta has such a good culinary scene when compared to other cities, and this will just add to it.

Mr. Rogers – let’s leave your ignorant comments at the door. The beauty of the food truck in that YOU don’t have to ever eat at one, so feel free to stick to your drive-throughs and Chili’s, and the rest of us will enjoy the creativity that comes with this unique style of eating!

Leftover Coffee Man

August 3rd, 2010
11:58 am

I just took it for granted growing up in New Jersey and visiting NYC that these were all over the country. As a poor student, I ate at food trucks all the time in NYC – where else can you get filled up for a few bucks and enjoy ethnic food?

Taco TIna

August 3rd, 2010
12:03 pm

I completely agree with Letetereleven.

This food truck concept will most likely be the “MARTA” of dining experiences in Atlanta.

Atlanta’s ultra-aggressive panhandlers will flock to wherever the see one of these to beg, borrow or steal the change they can see patrons getting back from the truck.

“Can I have me a bite O’ that?”

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Stephanie Richardson and theseason, ACityDiscount.com. ACityDiscount.com said: Congrats to @Yumbii, 1st food truck permitted by ATL to vend anywhere on the streets. Visit us downtown for lunch soon! http://bit.ly/9GzuZW [...]

Son of Puerquito

August 3rd, 2010
12:11 pm

@ Mr. Rogers: did you know sun exposure can lead to cancer and driving a car can lead to an accident? you should never leave your house just in case. And please be careful of what you watch on TV; all that violence may make you violent.

So many fools

August 3rd, 2010
12:27 pm

You people that see germs everywhere must stay home and never leave the house.
It would make you shiver to see a kitchen in action. Even worse, a fast food kitchen.

Fred

August 3rd, 2010
12:29 pm

You should follow king of pops! Popsicle vendor in midtown.

Good eats

August 3rd, 2010
12:31 pm

I lived in LA in the 80s and I really miss the good taco stands and mom and pop Mexican restaurants. If I see this truck I’ll eat there for sure. My interest in food isn’t ruled by germs or the Obsessive Compulsive fear that germs are going to get me every where I turn.

Lori

August 3rd, 2010
12:33 pm

Yippee!! Can’t wait to sample the wares.

Lady Aberlin

August 3rd, 2010
12:34 pm

It appears that Mr. Rogers needs to revisit the English Composition 101 course. Food trucks are amazing! Atlanta slowly enters the 21st century.

Rodney

August 3rd, 2010
12:35 pm

jonnymack

August 3rd, 2010
12:39 pm

Just had lunch at Yumbii today in Buckhead. The food was freaking awesome, had a spicy pulled pork burrito and a spicy tofu taco. Both were tremendous. The portions were fair, I’m just such a big eater that I wanted about 4 more tacos. Anytime these guys are near my office for lunch I’m there.

I hope they are successful and others are able to follow suit. I would love a real food truck movement here to shake loose the lunchtime doldrums.

lmno

August 3rd, 2010
12:41 pm

I hope that we see a lot of street vendors in the future too.

When I go on vacation to other cities, I always enjoy the street vendors.

I went to New Orleans earlier this year, and I dined in very upscale restaurants, however, the Andoullie Hoagie with peppers and onions I bought from a man with a smoker on wheels for $6 was the best thing I ate on the trip.

Gordon Ramsay

August 3rd, 2010
12:46 pm

AKA- “The Roach Coach”

Urinal Cake

August 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

Going to lunch downtown can be tough if you are not near any restaurants. Leaving the office, getting in car, finding parking, returning to work and finding parking again in a reasonable amount of time is impossible. Having the option of a mobile restaurant makes my lunch better.

Erin

August 3rd, 2010
12:54 pm

That’s so exciting! I’m a native Atlanta but moved to the beach in FL about a year ago. There is a food truck here called Nalu’s that serves tacos, etc. and it is INCREDIBLE. Line is always long but food is sooo worth it. Atlanta definitely needs more places like this. If any of you ever get to St. Augustine, FL, check Nalu’s out. Ask anyone in town where it is, everyone knows.

Gaby

August 3rd, 2010
1:04 pm

So excited for this!! ‘Bout time!
Thank you Atlanta Government for finally moving into the future (though you probably just made it to the year 2000.)

Mel

August 3rd, 2010
1:10 pm

These vendors are subject to health inspections just like any restaurant. I say give them permits – I’ve long wanted to see a street food culture in Atlanta like there is in other metropolitan areas.

David S

August 3rd, 2010
1:13 pm

The issue as always should be about private property rights. First, the government should not own or control the roads (but this is a far bigger discussion). Secondly, you should be able to control and dictate what goes on on your own property – PERIOD. If a mobile truck that makes and sells food wishes to set up shop during the lunch hour and sell to your employees, customers, etc. that should be YOUR business and right, not something the city dictates. We threw out all private property rights a long time ago and now we all suffer for this.

The government should only have a role in response to fraud or force as it relates to any mobile food vendor or other business.

Hooray for the roach coach. Let their own quality and price be the decider of their future.

The real Mr. Rogers

August 3rd, 2010
1:18 pm

Just keep them out of the suburbs.

Beck

August 3rd, 2010
1:33 pm

Taco Tina – what Leteterelevenused is called sarcasm.

You may want to look into it.

David G.

August 3rd, 2010
1:34 pm

I love a lucky dog in New Orleans at four in the morning. Ease out on the patio of your hotel room and have the vendor toss up a few. Slide back into bed with the pretty little red headed girl from Connecticut that meets me every year for Jazz Fest. You cant get those kind of memories at the Varsity!!

Chuck Snow

August 3rd, 2010
1:54 pm

Glad to see food trucks in Atlanta They’ve been around since long before trucks were even invented, LA DC NY even Myami has them why not here? They don’t frighten me a bit If you look at the health inspection scores at the fixed base restaurants where we already eat it wont scare you either. Step out of your shell. try the new and different you’ll be glad you did. After all you were born to be wild, not mild, see ya at the truck.

Intowner

August 3rd, 2010
2:02 pm

Doesn’t the ice cream truck that comes by my office everyday count as street food :-) Great news on the taco truck – hopefully more to come.

IntheBoonies

August 3rd, 2010
2:16 pm

Wish it would drive outside the Perimeter. Can’t wait until Atlanta joins the rest of the world and gets food trucks!

Carrie Neal Walden

August 3rd, 2010
2:24 pm

YAYAYAY!!! I’m gonna go back on twitter now :)

LiveToFeast

August 3rd, 2010
2:51 pm

For those worried about the sanitary conditions of food trucks, fret not. Yumbii currently carries 95 as of their last inspection, in a city where brick and morter restaurants average 80 points. The food trucks are and will be more heavily scrutinized than traditional eateries due to predjudices such as being “roach coaches”.

I, for one, can’t wait until we catch up with the rest of the major food cities in the country and embrace this sort of thing.

Alicia Brandt

August 3rd, 2010
3:23 pm

Finally!!!! We can’t call ourselves a real metropolis until we allow food trucks.

itsmeagain

August 3rd, 2010
3:30 pm

Meh. My problem is any foot traffic and local restaurant business generated by workers actually walking to their destination (being an integral part of becoming an actual urban community) could be diminished by this. I don’t think LA is really the urban model we should be following.

Michael

August 3rd, 2010
3:42 pm

Ahhhhh the ‘Roach Coach’.

RenaP

August 3rd, 2010
3:47 pm

i was just talking to my husband about this the other. we were talking about how its such a successful type of business in florida. we didn’t realize the city of atlanta didn’t allow this – now it makes sense why we never see them.

next – they should allow food vendors on the street (like NYC). we are so behind in this area of the country. Altanta is a great city – but so backwoods.

anthony bourdain

August 3rd, 2010
3:53 pm

I was at the Common/De La Soul show at King Plow on Saturday and the Yumbii truck was there. Not that impressed with the food. However, I did have some food another street vendor operating out of a big green mobile kitchen called the Pickle. Best fist taco I have ever had outside of Cali! My buddy had these cajun eggrolls that were OFF THE HOOK. Look for the Pickle, not Yuckii, I mean Yumbii.

anthony bourdain

August 3rd, 2010
4:00 pm

uh, that would be fish taco, not fist taco. ahem.

Boneyard Randy

August 3rd, 2010
4:01 pm

Come downtown during lunch hours…the P Center foodcourt is gettin’ old and it ain’t cheap.

Jenny

August 3rd, 2010
4:10 pm

“… so feel free to stick to your drive-throughs and Chili’s…”

What’s wrong with Chili’s? I love Chili’s.

Freddo

August 3rd, 2010
4:14 pm

“I love a lucky dog in New Orleans at four in the morning. Ease out on the patio of your hotel room and have the vendor toss up a few. Slide back into bed with the pretty little red headed girl from Connecticut that meets me every year for Jazz Fest. You cant get those kind of memories at the Varsity!!”

Is your real name Damon Evans by any chance?

Gillian M. Brown

August 3rd, 2010
4:26 pm

Its gona take more than a few food trucks to turn ATL into a real city!!(sidewalks)

BACCHUS

August 3rd, 2010
4:29 pm

Doesn’t The Varsity have a mobile catering truck? Set that sucker up at Braves games, Falcons games, etc. and it’s a win-win.

Old Grad

August 3rd, 2010
4:35 pm

Spent 13 years in LA and I still haven’t had a better breakfast buritto. The competition can get pretty fierce between operators. Actually had two duke it out in my parking lot once.

Sydney

August 3rd, 2010
4:44 pm

Next it would also be nice to see food carts on the sidewalks of Atlanta, adding a reason for pedestrians to go outside and actually…well, walk. Sort of like they do in normal cities, which Atlanta has never been in that regard.

Hecter the Injector

August 3rd, 2010
4:53 pm

These trucks are hugely successful in LA and Oakland.???? So are Gangs and we have far to many of those here as well. Thanks California!!!!