Babalu Tacos & Tapas

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Known for its unique Latin American cuisine and hand-crafted adult beverages, Babalu again takes multiple Best of Jackson awards. “Its atmosphere isn’t too romantic or too family-oriented, making it a comfortable and enjoyable place to have a first date,” says Amanda Spradley, general manager of the Fondren location. “It’s no secret that the vegetables we use for tacos, salads, guacamole and more are fresh, locally sourced as much as possible and crazy good. Because of this, I think it’s natural for our loyal customers to think our Black Bean Burger is the best,” Spradley adds.

The owners plan to completely renovate the Fondren restaurant, beginning this summer. The renovations will reinvent the kitchen and guest area and will create a large private dining room for special occasions and events. The owners hope to keep the restaurant open during the renovations.

Babalu, which opened in 2010, is known for original drinks like its signature Baba Rita with pomegranate mix, hand-squeezed sour mix and Patron tequila. “Babalu mixologists work tirelessly to create top-notch margaritas and hand-crafted cocktails for guests to enjoy,” Spradley says. — Mauricio J. Quijano

WINNER: Best Margarita; Best Veggie Burger; Best Place for a First Date


Address: 622 Duling Ave. Jackson, MS 39216

Phone number: 601-366-5757

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