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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

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COMING SOON

Chapel Hill, NC
East Memphis, TN
Lexington, KY
Atlanta, GA

Starters

Soup & Salad

SOUP OF THE DAY 3.95

Babalu chop SALAD GF
Romaine, black beans, anaheim peppers, red onions, tomatoes, grilled corn, toasted pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, house lime vinaigrette 11.95 / 7.50

grilled caesar SALAD GF
Grilled romaine, radish, cotija, croutons, garlic caesar dressing 7.95

Tapas

Tapas

filet ON A STICK
Aspen Ridge Natural Beef grilled skewered 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
Rostï potatoes, smoked corn pico de gallo, red chili butter sauce 13.50

grilled scottish salmon
Cilantro pepita risotto, cotija cheese, pickled peppers 11.50

costillas
Compart Farms smoked baby back ribs, sweet pepper glaze, cilantro-vinegar slaw, cilantro 12.95

shrimp & chorizo skillet
Gulf shrimp, chorizo, crispy rice, tri-pepper hash 10.50

beef empanada
Aspen Ridge Natural Ground Beef, potatoes, roasted mushrooms, pico de gallo, cumin crema 7.95

CREOLE shrimp & grits
Gulf shrimp, garlic, herb creole sauce, mushrooms, cilantro, Grit Girl grits, grilled country bread 11.95

braised beef short rib
Aspen Ridge Natural Beef short rib, grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, red wine braising jus 11.95

mississippi delta tamales
Tri pepper-corn hash, pimenton oil 9.50

Grilled chicken satay
Black beans & rice, smoked corn pico de gallo, terriyaki glaze 8.95

pan-seared crab cakes
Lump crab, chipotle chili sauce, fresno pepper slaw, cilantro 12.95

SEARED SESAME CRUSTED TUNA
Hass avocado, cucumber relish, Sriracha-lime vinaigrette, micro cilantro, seasoned jicama round 12.95

ENCHILADA OF THE DAY MKT

Tacos
Tortas & Sides

Sides to Share

GRILLED BROCCOLINI 5.25
CHARRED SHISHITO PEPPERS 5.75
CHEESE GRITS 4.75
BLACK BEANS & RICE 4.25
MEXICAN STREET CORN 5.25
GARLIC rostï POTATOES
WITH TERIYAKI GLAZE 4.75
HOUSE CUT THIN FRIES 3.75
SWEET POTATO FRIES 4.25
Desserts
Margaritas
Cocktails
Brunch

Starters

Soup & Salad

SOUP OF THE DAY 3.95

Babalu chop SALAD GF
Romaine, black beans, anaheim peppers, red onions, tomatoes, grilled corn, toasted pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, house lime vinaigrette 11.95 / 7.50

grilled caesar SALAD GF
Grilled romaine, radish, cotija, croutons, garlic caesar dressing 7.95

Tapas

Tapas

filet ON A STICK
Aspen Ridge Natural Beef grilled skewered 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
Rostï potatoes, smoked corn pico de gallo, red chili butter sauce 13.50

grilled scottish salmon
Cilantro pepita risotto, cotija cheese, pickled peppers 11.50

costillas
Compart Farms smoked baby back ribs, sweet pepper glaze, cilantro-vinegar slaw, cilantro 12.95

shrimp & chorizo skillet
Gulf shrimp, chorizo, crispy rice, tri-pepper hash 10.50

beef empanada
Aspen Ridge Natural Ground Beef, potatoes, roasted mushrooms, pico de gallo, cumin crema 7.95

CREOLE shrimp & grits
Gulf shrimp, garlic, herb creole sauce, mushrooms, cilantro, Grit Girl grits, grilled country bread 11.95

braised beef short rib
Aspen Ridge Natural Beef short rib, grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, red wine braising jus 11.95

mississippi delta tamales
Tri pepper-corn hash, pimenton oil 9.50

Grilled chicken satay
Black beans & rice, smoked corn pico de gallo, terriyaki glaze 8.95

pan-seared crab cakes
Lump crab, chipotle chili sauce, fresno pepper slaw, cilantro 12.95

SEARED SESAME CRUSTED TUNA
Hass avocado, cucumber relish, Sriracha-lime vinaigrette, micro cilantro, seasoned jicama round 12.95

ENCHILADA OF THE DAY MKT

Tacos

Tortas & Sides

Sides to Share

GRILLED BROCCOLINI 5.25
CHARRED SHISHITO PEPPERS 5.75
CHEESE GRITS 4.75
BLACK BEANS & RICE 4.25
MEXICAN STREET CORN 5.25
GARLIC rostï POTATOES
WITH TERIYAKI GLAZE 4.75
HOUSE CUT THIN FRIES 3.75
SWEET POTATO FRIES 4.25

Desserts

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 teamed up with chain restaurant pro Mike Stack to form 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.

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.

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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. View our menus below for a sample of what we offer or let our catering manager put together a completely customized plan for your event.

Cocktail Party Menu  |  Dinner Party Menu  |  Office Lunch Menu