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Yours. Mine. Ours.

Food worth sharing

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Why tapas?

Tapas are snacks, small plates or delicious bites meant to be shared. They are designed to inspire conversation, encourage camaraderie and promote good times.

Combine this phenomenon with a friendly, comfortable, light-hearted atmosphere, and you’ve just discovered the secret ingredient that makes every BABALU worth coming back to. Share a bowl of our signature guacamole made tableside, sample fresh Spanish-inspired cuisine, or sip on a handcrafted cocktail from the bar. Prepare to kick back, relax, and enjoy what Babalu is all about – food, fun, and hospitality.

Locations

COMING IN 2017

COMING IN 2018

 Nashville, TN
Charlotte, NC #2
Columbus, OH

Starters
Tapas

Tapas

GRILLED CHICKEN SATAY
Black beans & rice, smoked corn pico de gallo, teriyaki glaze 9.25

BRAISED CHICKEN TAMALES GT
Joyce Farms chicken tamales, tri pepper-corn hash, chipotle pepper sauce, cotija cheese 9.95

PAN-SEARED CRAB CAKES
Jumbo lump crab, chipotle chili sauce, fresno pepper slaw, cilantro 12.95

CREOLE SHRIMP & GRITS
Gulf shrimp, garlic, herb creole sauce, mushrooms, cilantro, local grits, grilled country bread 11.95

BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB GT
Aspen Ridge Natural Beef short rib, grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, red wine braising jus 11.95

ENCHILADA OF THE DAY MKT

FILET ON A STICK
Grilled tenderloin, teriyaki glaze, rostï potatoes, broccolini, pico de gallo 11.95

FIERCE SHRIMP
Flash fried Gulf shrimp, fresno pepper slaw, chipotle chili sauce, cilantro 10.95

PAN ROASTED REDFISH GT
Rostï potatoes, smoked corn pico de gallo, red chili butter sauce 13.50

BLACKENED SCOTTISH SALMON GT
Blackened salmon, avocado mousse, cilantro pepita rice, pineapple fresno salsa 10.25

SHRIMP & CHORIZO SKILLET GT
Gulf shrimp, chorizo, crispy rice, tri-pepper hash 10.50

Tacos
Tortas & Sides

Sides to Share

Desserts & Kids
Margaritas
Cocktails
Brunch

Starters

Tapas

Tapas

GRILLED CHICKEN SATAY
Black beans & rice, smoked corn pico de gallo, teriyaki glaze 9.25

BRAISED CHICKEN TAMALES GT
Joyce Farms chicken tamales, tri pepper-corn hash, chipotle pepper sauce, cotija cheese 9.95

PAN-SEARED CRAB CAKES
Jumbo lump crab, chipotle chili sauce, fresno pepper slaw, cilantro 12.95

CREOLE SHRIMP & GRITS
Gulf shrimp, garlic, herb creole sauce, mushrooms, cilantro, local grits, grilled country bread 11.95

BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB GT
Aspen Ridge Natural Beef short rib, grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, red wine braising jus 11.95

ENCHILADA OF THE DAY MKT

FILET ON A STICK
Grilled tenderloin, teriyaki glaze, rostï potatoes, broccolini, pico de gallo 11.95

FIERCE SHRIMP
Flash fried Gulf shrimp, fresno pepper slaw, chipotle chili sauce, cilantro 10.95

PAN ROASTED REDFISH GT
Rostï potatoes, smoked corn pico de gallo, red chili butter sauce 13.50

BLACKENED SCOTTISH SALMON GT
Blackened salmon, avocado mousse, cilantro pepita rice, pineapple fresno salsa 10.25

SHRIMP & CHORIZO SKILLET GT
Gulf shrimp, chorizo, crispy rice, tri-pepper hash 10.50

Tacos

Tortas & Sides

Sides to Share

Desserts & Kids

Margaritas

Cocktails

Brunch

our story

Babalu is the brainchild of successful restaurateurs Bill Latham and Al Roberts. Collectively, the two business partners have owned or operated various restaurants both in and outside of Jackson, Miss., for more than 30 years.

After selling two very successful restaurants, the partners decided to move forward with their latest concept – upscale Latin-inspired cuisine. They named their new restaurant Babalu, after the signature song of the fictional television character Ricky Ricardo, played by Desi Arnaz in the television comedy series I Love Lucy.

Roberts began conceptualizing the menu, while Latham began scouting possible locations. At the time, Jackson’s historic Fondren neighborhood was undergoing a rebirth as the hub of the city’s arts district. Latham found the perfect location in Duling Hall – a former elementary school that had been converted into retail shops and an event venue. Babalu renovated the school’s former first grade classroom (coincidentally, Latham’s wife Betsy attended first grade here). Great care was put into preserving as much of the original architecture as possible, while still creating a fun and relaxing space for guests. In 2010, the first Babalu location opened in Jackson with great success.

Little did Latham and Roberts know, but setting up shop in neighborhoods experiencing revitalization would become as much a part of the Babalu brand as their signature bright orange logo. In early 2012, Latham and Roberts formed a new restaurant holding company, Eat Here Brands. Under the new holding company, plans immediately got underway to expand Babalu into other markets.

In late 2013, Babalu Memphis opened in the former TGI Friday’s at Overton Square. A third location in Birmingham’s Lakeview District followed in 2014. The fourth Babalu opened in the renovated JC Penney building on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, Tenn., in 2015. Babalu Charlotte opened in July of 2016 in historic Dilworth.

Look closely, a Babalu may open in your neighborhood soon. No matter where you are, you can be assured every Babalu consistently serves the freshest ingredients. We invest in our staff because we believe happy employees translates to great service. We also take pride in our communities by investing our time and talents into making them great. The next time you are in the mood for food and fun, let us show you how great Babalu can be.

Whatever the occasion, Babalu Catering will ensure no one at your fiesta leaves hungry. We offer specialty tapas-style hors d’oeuvres, full service catering and custom delivery options. For more information, please email or call the number below.  Let us show you exactly what makes catering from Babalu Tapas & Tacos… better and different!