Going from food truck to neighborhood diner, Strangebird (1220 Barnard Street, Savannah) plans to open its doors on Thursday, July 20, at 11 a.m. After continuous requests by customers for a permanent location, the mobile kitchen chefs Daniel “Nilo” Aranza and Felipe Vera, alongside Common Thread chef Brandon Carter, relocated their restaurant to the iconic restored streamliner in Savannah’s Victorian District.
Aranza and Vera, longtime members of Farm Hospitality, describe their menu as welcoming and want Strangebird to feel like a part of the community, not just a place to have food. Utilizing local ingredients and tortillas from Mitla Tortilla Company (based out of Savannah), the offerings at the restaurant include all the Mexican hits with a bit of a twist. With its in-house smoker, menu options will include smokehouse tacos, burritos, and birria burgers, as well as a queso fajita skillet. The beverage menu at Strangebird will consist of wines by the glass, frosé, and creative mocktails.
When asked what people should expect for opening day, Aranza stated, “Come hungry.” The tagline for the restaurant is “Eat Tacos. Be Guapo.”
Stangebird will be open for lunch and dinner, Thursday to Monday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with hopes of providing a space for future pop-up chefs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Strangebird only has indoor dining currently but plans to have outdoor seating when it’s not summer hot in Savannah.