Are you a master sausage taco wizard?
Let me be super clear here - I haven’t backpacked through Mexico or Germany in search of my culinary calling. I don’t know everything about these two cuisines. I went to culinary school in Arizona and France in the 90’s and, although we dabbled in sausage making, Mexican food was not a big part of the curriculum. I’m not trying to convince the world that I know tacos or sausages better than others or that I have deep-seated roots in these cuisines. I’m of Irish descent and I live in Costa Mesa. I’ve been around amazing Mexican food my entire life. Taco Brat is my interpretation of these two great foods; it's my homage to traditions I know I will never truly understand. I just really love everything about these foods and want to share my take on them with you.
Weren’t you a pastry chef?
That’s right, I was and still am at heart. It was my first job out of culinary school and I learned from one of the best in the business. Like our kitchen our dessert menu is small and will change often.
What are you going to do to that cool old taco shack?
Keep it awesome! We cleaned it up and made it a fun place to sit and eat and drink and hang out with friends. The design is traditional GerMexican Beer Garden. Sorry, can't do anything about the parking. Please stop 1 star Yelping me because my lot is too small. I'm making parking lot lemonade from parking lot lemons.
Taco Brat has design roots that touch on both traditions in a fun yet slightly kitschy design aesthetic.
So who did that amazing design?
Karen is one of the preeminent designers in California and she’s a close friend of the Taco Brat team. With Taco Brat being an outdoor environment, hiring Karen was an easy decision as her career started as a landscape designer. Her firm, KFD Studios, is now beautifully woven into the fabric of interior and exterior design excellence.
What about non-meat eaters?
Although Taco Brat was inspired by tacos and sausages, both cuisines stand strong in the veggie camp as well. Non-meat eaters will find comfort when they belly up to the taco and sausage bar.
What if I get thirsty?
Drink something. Like beer. Or wine. Or a signature drink.
We have a solid line up of beers influenced by the regions of our food as well as rotating, local handles, awesome signature drinks and great, affordable boutique wines. We were nominated for Best Michelada in OC so maybe you should start there?
Can I get a real margarita at Taco Brat?
If by "real" you mean an awesome concoction of alcohol, fresh juice and agave shaken to order and skillfully poured into a little glass rimmed with salt all done for your pleasure than the answer is yes. You can even do one with fresh watermelon juice and coconut ginger espuma on top. Or maybe one with muddled jalapeño and fresh strawberry puree. Or a giant one with an upside down beer in it.
If by "real" you mean with tequila then the answer is no. We have a beer and wine license. We cannot sell distilled spirits or alcohol above 24%. However, we've discovered a beautiful fermented agave wine that smells and tastes like real tequila. We put 2 shots in every cocktail so you get the same amount of alcohol as any other margarita.
Do you hire kitchen people without kitchen experience?
Maybe…but then they're usually (probably) promoted to customer rather quickly.
Who did you vote for?
Can my band play in your biergarten?
Can you expand on all of the things you smoke?
Is Brat pronounced like whining little children or like the German sausage?
But I asked you and you came up with the name.
Do you really get these questions asked of you frequently?
No. Well, a few of them. The rest I made up to fill this page and tell a story.
When do you open for business?
We did already.