Babalu Tacos & Tapas will open in late July in the old Cantina 1511 location on East Boulevard. Think Soul with tacos and Tex-Mex.
An exact grand opening date hasn’t been announced but my guess is that it’ll be the last week in July.
Co-founder Bill Latham told the Agenda, “I promise you will not recognize the interior or exterior when we finish our renovations.” He’s right.
Babalu has created a spacious patio that faces East Boulevard.
The patio has cool garage doors to serve beverages.
The restaurant has a large open floor plan. As you walk in, there’ll be a large bar to the left with seating. There are also large communal style tables near the bar area.
Guacomole (table side) – Hass avocado, sun-dried tomato, red & green onion, Kosher salt, cilantro, lime juice, house chips. $9.95
Queso Blanco Dip – Pico de gallo “shooter,” salsa roja, house chips. $7.50
Sandwich & salad highlights
Baba Burger – Aspen Ridge Natural Angus Beef, roasted roma tomatoes, caramelized onions, white cheddar cheese, Haas avocado, smoked bacon, chipotle aioli, sweet sourdough bun. $9.95
*Agenda Pro Tip: We’ve heard the burger is fantastic and often regard as the best burger in Babalu cities.
Babalu Chop Salad – Romaine, black beans, Anaheim peppers, red onions, tomatoes, grilled corn, toasted pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, house lime vinaigrette. $11.95 / half $7.50
Tacos (3 per order)
Pollo – House smoked Joyce Farms chicken, mole sauce, smoked corn pico de gallo, cotija cheese, goat cheese crema. $8.50 or $3 each.
Camarones – Grilled or fried Gulf shrimp, cilantro slaw, radish, comeback. $9 or $3.50 each.
Creole Shrimp & Grits – Gulf shrimp, garlic, herb creole sauce, mushrooms, cilantro, local grits, grilled country bread. $11.95
Seared Sesame-Crusted Tuna – Haas avocado, cucumber relish, Sriracha-lime vinaigrette, micro cilantro, seasoned jicama round. $12.95
Adult beverages – craft cocktails, margaritas, wine, beer, sangria, tequila
Baba-Rita – Patron Silver, Agave nectar, fresh-squeezed sour mix, POM, triple sec.
Maestro Mule – Cazadores gin, reposado, seasonal fruit puree, cucumber, agave nectar, fresh-squeezed sour mix, Fever Tree ginger beer.
Once the restaurant opens in late July, Babalu hours will be…
- Monday – Thursday 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.
- Friday- Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Sunday 11 a.m.- 9p.m.
"It's good. I promise." – Emma