For one night only, Steinbeck’s in Oakhurst will become the Casita de Rosie taqueria, complete with house margaritas and a mariachi band.
Steinbeck’s chef/general manager, Andy Gonzales, had the bright idea of doing a pop-up in his own restaurant in honor of his mother’s birthday. Sadly, Rosie will be at home in Texas. But maybe it is the thought that counts.
“I never get to go home to Texas to see my mom on her birthday, so I figured I would throw her a party here,” Gonzales says. “But she can’t come, which is not optimal. For years and years she was always cooking us birthday dinners, so I thought it would be cool to cook her one.”
Steinbeck’s is known for its solid craft beer list and imaginative, chef-driven pub grub. But Gonzales says he’s shied away from his Mexican heritage when it comes to the menu there.
“I tried to avoid Mexican food for a long time,” Gonzales says. “You know, when your last name is Gonzales, you don’t want to be the Latino chef your whole career, so I learned how to cook a bunch of other things. But I really do love Latino food.”
On the menu at Casita de Rosie on Thursday, look for tacos, including slow-braised barbacoa, crispy snapper, Eden Farms pork carnitas, and guiso de pollo a la Moises, served with traditional accoutrements, plus Rosie’s chicken mole enchiladas.
Beyond the main menu, there will be snacks, such as corn on the cob and guacamole, and Victoria Mexican lager on draft.
The marariachi band plays from 5-6 p.m. to kick off the festivities.
“It should be fun,” Gonzales says. “We’ll be decorating the facade tomorrow and trying to make it look a little less like a pub and a little more like a taqueria.”
659 East Lake Drive, Decatur, 404-373-1116, www.steinbecksbar.com.
— Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More.