We're back with our series Inside Atlanta—each week, we sit down with influential locals to talk about what Atlanta means to them. Today we’re chatting with Carson Young, the founder of Atlanta’s first food truck, Yumbii. Young is an Atlanta native and thanks to his food truck he knows the city inside and out. You’ve probably tried one of Yumbii’s Mexican-Asian offerings at an event around town, but if not, don’t despair – Yumbii is opening its first brick and mortar location in Buckhead before the end of the year!
When he’s not slinging tacos, he’s out exploring the city. Today we get a tour of The Big Peach led by Young himself.
I live in… “the Paces neighborhood with my wife, Katy, and our two dogs, Stella and Potato. We love it because it’s like a hidden wooden retreat in the middle of Buckhead. We see deer and other wildlife in our yard on a daily basis, yet we’re only 10 minutes from downtown Atlanta.”
I Wish People Knew… “that Atlanta is a city with some of the best pocket neighborhoods in the country. It’s pretty amazing that within one city we can experience the culture and diversity of neighborhoods as different as Buckhead, Midtown, Grant Park, the Westside, O4W, Inman Park, and Cabbagetown, each with their own personalities and experiences.”
You Can Find Me… “in my car driving around. I probably know every back road in the city. Owning food trucks means that you have to be familiar with all parts of town – I’m always scouting the best locations for Yumbii or checking on the trucks. You can also find me at OK Cafe in the mornings with an omelet and a cup of coffee. It’s in our neighborhood and I’ve been going there for years so it feels like home.”
It’s Dinner Time, I’m Headed to… “so many places – the dining scene in Atlanta now can compete with almost any other city. I really like anything that Angus Brown does, love the laid-back vibe but upscale menu at 8Arm and Octopus Bar. Gunshow is also one of my favorites – I think it’s a really unique dining experience that Kevin Gillespie has created there. For sushi, UMI and Tomo are always at the top of the list.”
Clock Strikes 5’oclock, I’m Drinking… “red wine at home. I love the Holeman & Finch Bottle Shop at Peachtree Battle and drop by there on a weekly basis to check out the selection. At a restaurant or bar, I usually drink a classic dry vodka martini or bourbon on the rocks. If we go out for drinks at night, it’s usually to Himitsu. I love the Kemuri cocktail, and my wife always orders the Yuzu.”
If I had to Stay in a Hotel, I’d Check Into… “the Mandarin Oriental. They have the best spa in Atlanta, hands down.”
Atlanta’s Best Kept Secret is… “the food truck scene! When I started Yumbii as Atlanta’s first food truck in 2010, everyone literally thought that I was crazy. Now it has grown into this booming, well-established industry with over 90 trucks, and it’s thrilling to see it grow every day. We have the perfect city for street food, and I hope the movement in Atlanta continues to gain traction and recognition.”
When I’m Playing Tourist I go to… the BeltLine. I love getting out there with my dogs and wife for walks. We start in Piedmont Park and end up in Inman Park. It’s such a great way to see the city’s neighborhoods.”
I Get My Sweat On… “at Pinnacle Fitness Center in Buckhead. They really push me there, and working out helps to relieve some of the stress of being in the restaurant business! I've gotten to know all the trainers because it’s right next to my mother’s retail store, REBECCA. I’m also into Pilates and go to Body Central – it’s a great de-stress workout.”
I Love Spending My Money at… “Sid Mashburn. It’s easy to drop some money there but I feel like everything they carry is timeless, so it’s worth investing in.”