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“Babalu Baby!!!”

Babalu Tapas & Tacos
Ranked #7 of 394 Restaurants in Jackson
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Latin, Mexican, Seafood
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Babalu Tacos & Tapas is a lively restaurant that uses fresh and local ingredients to create bold flavors. You will find a variety of authentic gourmet tacos and Spanish-style tapas with a Southern twist. Every item on the menu, down to the blue corn tortilla, is made from scratch daily - our famous guacamole is prepared tableside. Our bar carries the finest tequilas, and all drinks are handcrafted daily using fresh squeezed lemons and limes.
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Babalu is the Best! Loved the venue - Remodeled 1940's Duling school house, the outdoor patio w beautiful flowers and greenery. Inside Babalu's, eclectic furnishings, I Love Lucy projected on wall for viewing, great rotating ceiling fans that provided enough air circulation without blowing right on you or your food. Now the service - our waiter, Pete, absolutely wonderful, a true southern delight!! Very attentive without being annoying. He educated us on Babalu's - the school house, the sister restaurants, tapas and taco menu using as many local ingredients as possible. Ask for Pete as your server, your dining experience will be enhanced! The libations - we personally love Hendricks gin, so when we saw it paired w freshly squeezed lemonade w cucumber mint wheel, we were not disappointed! We save the last of our review for the best - the food!! Table side guacamole w chips and also sliced vegetables - great start! Then the "to die for" shrimp and grits, a must have! Followed by three tacos on blue corn tortillas - one pork, beef and chicken. Wonderful flavors for all three but the favorite is the pork!! Overall dining experience - EXCELLENT! Tell Pete that Maryanne and Don from Texas sent you!!

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Thank Maryanne7759
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Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

I do Love Lucy but this boutique eatery was only worth a few laughs. Food was good but the service was lacking. Our waiter actually had a blank stare when I questioned him on a menu item. The restaurant location is in the old auditorium of the retired Duling school and when you get more than a few folks in the restaurant is resonates loud.

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Thank Angie S
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Loved the Taco Tuesday deal...$2 each for amazing little gourmet tacos. The tableside guacamole is a MUST...delicious and served in a huge mortar with chips. Excellent atmosphere, was just disappointed it was a work lunch and I couldn't try one of the colorful cocktails everyone else was having.

This restaurant has a fantastic outdoor seating area...very fun for a group.

Food and atmosphere were top notch.

Thank rachel s
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Awesome food! I love Babalu. This is one of my favorite restaurants. I wish I lived closer to it, though. Also, it is set in a great environment. Get the guacamole!!

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We ate there Easter evening and it was just what the weary traveler ordered. We were on the road and we wanted something pretty quick and casual but good. Babalu suited us perfectly!

First it was fast - which is a top priority for traveling. Second it was casual - again a definite plus for weary travelers. Third - the food was really good. I loved the Ahi tuna. We all loved the guacamole prepared at the table. It gave us something to watch aside from each other (Again lots of time in the car - fun but leads to some need for distraction!) and it was very fresh tasting.

The staff was very friendly - lots of people checking to make sure everything was OK. Lots of people thanking us for visiting.

We were so quick we made a side trip to the Capitol, which was just a few minutes away. (Maybe a busy few minutes on a typical evening but a quick drive on Easter night.)

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Thank AnnT-MN
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