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Foodie Friday: Babalu

I attended the preview night at Babalu in Overton Square (opening Monday June 16th), and it did not disappoint! We were immediately greeted by several staff members on the way in, seated immediately, and drink orders taken. I ordered the special blueberry margarita, and my friend ordered the sangria. We also ordered the chips and pico while we decided what else to order.

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House Sangria


Blueberry margarita, house chips, fresh pico

Both drinks were very good, and we learned that Babalu makes all their juices in house for their drinks. Their house chips were fresh and still warm, their pico was very fresh, and then of course, their famous guacamole (which they make at your table) is wonderful. I don’t even like avacados.

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Guacamole made at your table.

We asked alot of questions and finally decided on the “enchilada of the day” which was a steak enchilada with mozzarella cheese and pepper hash (a mix of green peppers, red peppers and onions), the veggie tacos, and the carne de cerdo tacos (pork belly tacos served on blue corn tortillas, topped with chipotle-citrus BBQ sauce, roasted peanut slaw, and cotija cheese.) We also ordered the mexican street corn and the garlic rosti potatoes with teriyake glaze for our sides.

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Garlic rosti potatoes with teriyake glaze

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Mexican street corn

First of all, these sides were amazing. The garlic potatoes with teriyake glaze were such a unique dish, and it was surprisingly wonderful. You could easily order them as an appetizer. The corn was seasoned and grilled perfectly.

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Carne de cerdo tacos

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Steak enchiladas with pepper hash and mozzarella

The tacos and everything came out in waves, so everything was brought out as it was made to insure freshness. All of our tacos were presented beautifully, and tasted just as wonderful. The carne de cerdo tacos had just the right amount of slaw on them with great flavor, and there was plenty of meat on each taco. The steak enchilada was full of steak, peppers, and cheese, and was more than enough for one person.

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We ended the meal with this amazing dessert,  cayenne chocolate truffles. One serving is 3 truffles, which SOUNDS like it would be a small amount, but it’s not! Each truffle is very very rich, so 3 of us shared one serving..and they were heavenly, with just a touch of cayenne to pair with the richness of the truffle.

Throughout our meal the staff would come refill our water, clear off plates, and made sure we had everything we needed. Great job staff!

I will definitely be back to visit Babalu on a day when it’s not raining outside, because they have large garage style doors that they will open in the front to make the space large and airy, as well as two patios.

Babalu opens officially on Monday the 16th at 2115 Madison Ave, and their hours will be Mon-Sat 11am-11pm and Sun 11am-10pm. Their phone is (901) 274-0100.

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