A trip along the Mother Road wouldn’t be complete without a little street food.
A “Food Paradise” episode will sandwich Yellow City Street Food between onion burgers in Oklahoma City and milkshakes in Albuquerque this Sunday as part of a drive along Route 66.
The episode will air on the Travel Channel at 8 p.m., then again on Monday at 11 a.m. and Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. YCSF chefs cooked dishes such as the French Chick (fried chicken between two slices of French toast) and animal fries (french fries topped with bacon, caramelized onions and a house remoulade) for a camera crew that was in town about five months ago.
For YCSF co-founders Rin and Scott Buchanan, who will host an employees-only watch party at their home on Sunday night, the episode is a precursor of bigger things to come.
“We’re excited and a little scared,” Rin Buchanan said. “We’re talking about hiring more people now because it’s going to get a little crazy.”
It’s not just the summer road trippers pushing north of Route 66. Yellow City Street Food’s long-awaited food truck will roll out in the next two to three weeks with the tacos, burgers, sandwiches and Tractor sodas already featured in the main restaurant.
A range of possible locations have been floated, including rotating between the various Amarillo high schools each weekday. The truck will be parked near South Georgia Street and Southwest Sixth Avenue on weekend nights.
The Buchanans originally intended for YCSF to be a food truck, Rin said, but a city ordinance prohibiting cooking in vehicles led them to open in a shack on Southwest 10th Avenue. When told the new head of the Department of Environmental Health was planning to ask the city council to reverse the ordinance, she said meals would likely be made in the truck instead of the restaurant’s kitchen.
Kelvin and Ana Urquia were munching a veggie burger and “imposter tacos” filled with crimini mushrooms during lunch on Thursday. They said they eat at YCSF about once a month in part because of the limited vegan options at other Texas Panhandle restaurants.
“I like how they have zucchini and squash, and then I don’t even like mushrooms, but I’ll eat it all here,” Kelvin said.
Sous chef Cole Craven will take over the YCSF kitchen in January when Scott leaves to open Six Car Pub &Brewery in downtown Amarillo.
The brewpub will feature quarterly menus with an ethnic twist (such as Filipino, Italian or Vietnamese) on American pub food. After settling in with beers crafted by Colin Cummings and Grant James over the last several years, Scott said they would start pairing food with brews — say, ales infused with shishito peppers or sake to go with a Japanese menu.
“It’s going to be something different, and it’ll keep me as the chef interested,” Scott Buchanan said. “We get bored really easily, so we want to keep things moving.”
How to watch YCSF on Food Paradise:
- 8-9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27
- 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28
- 1-2 p.m. on Sept. 16
All shows on the Travel Channel (Ch. 81 for Suddenlink users)