Babalu Tacos & Tapas

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Tacos are having a social-media moment and taking up real estate on your Instagram feed. This is in large part because they are plain delicious. Babalu knows a thing or 12 about tacos, and if you don’t believe me, try their Taco Tuesday, where every taco on the menu is a mere $2.

Babalu’s taco menu includes ones such as redfish or carnitas (pulled pork) or carne de cerdo (pork belly). Babalu’s menu goes deeper than tacos, likely leading to the southern-owned chain’s multiple BOJ wins this year. Two popular items are the guacamole and Mexican street corn. For the vegetarians and vegans out there, Babalu offers several side items that can make a meal. They also have a veggie taco, so you can participate on Tuesdays. Babalu’s best-known vegetarian option, however, is the black-bean burger, which now has back-to-back BOJ wins.

Dating in Jackson can get rough; however, Babalu was voted Best Place for a First Date again this year, so that’s a pretty safe bet for a good first date. There are reasons for this. First, there’s the margarita menu, with ones such as the Baba-rita, which has Patron silver tequila, agave nectar, fresh-squeezed sour mix, POM juice and triple sec; and the Champarita, which has sparkling wine in place of the tequila. On Mondays, Babalu’s margaritas are only $5 all day. If you can’t make Monday, then at least set that date time for Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The trick to a first date at Babalu is that you can just start there for drinks or apps before hitting up another restaurant for dinner, if things go well. Or if there’s no chemistry, you can easily call it a night after margaritas and guacamole because, let’s be honest, that can be a meal, too. The beauty of a tapas restaurant is, ultimately, that you can just keep ordering food until you’re full. —Arielle Dreher

WINNER: Best Mexican or Latin Food; Best Veggie Burger; Best Happy Hour; Best Place for Cocktails; Best Margaritas; Best Place for a First; Best Restaurant Date


Address: 622 Duling Ave. Jackson, MS 39216

Phone number: 601-366-5757

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