What should you expect when Babalu opens its Dilworth restaurant in late July?

Ted Williams

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.

communal table at babalu charlotte

Appetizer highlights

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

guacamole at babalu

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

baba burger charlotte

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.

babalu tacos in charlotte


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

tapas at babalu tuna

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.

cocktail at babalu charlotte

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.

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