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Babalu Tacos & Tapas
Cuisine: American, European, Latin, Mexican, Southern, Spanish
Price Range: $
Babalus Tacos & Tapas is a Southern mini-chain, if you will; the original is in Jackson, MS, the Memphis location in Overton Square was restaurant dos, and Birmingham gets numero tres. The food is... Read More
Babalus Tacos & Tapas is a Southern mini-chain, if you will; the original is in Jackson, MS, the Memphis location in Overton Square was restaurant dos, and Birmingham gets numero tres. The food is super-fresh, the ambiance rocking, and the crafty cocktails sure to please. Located in a cavernous space in the Overton Square district of Midtown, Babalu is basically one giant room with a long, long bar – and the bar opens to the back, right to the outdoor patio where there are lounging couches and cocktail tables. The menu offers a variety of food made to share – from a killer bacon cheeseburger with white cheddar, roasted tomatoes and chipotle aioli on a sweet sourdough bun (our new favorite burger in town, bar none) to gourmet tacos and Spanish-style tapas (potatas bravas!). There's also the occasional dash of Southern cooking – garlic shrimp and grits, or tamales from the Mississippi Delta to name a couple. The drink list is extensive and fabulous, with a huge list of tequilas and a bunch of fun cocktails – there are seasonal options, as well.
- Best for Restaurants near Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Because: Bablu absolutely, positively rocks with the post-game home team crowd.
- Best for Outdoor Dining Because: Babalu's patio is one of the hippest scenes in town, and mixes it up with a combo of lounge furniture, cocktail tables and conventional seating.
- Best for Mexican Because: Babalu's small plates and table-side guac are reason enought to schedule a visit.