Babalu Tacos & Tapas

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Multiple-category winner Babalu Tapas & Tacos is one of the places to be in Jackson, whether you’re going out friends and or the family, or even for a business meeting. For one thing, its name is an “I Love Lucy” reference, so of course, the business projects episodes of the show on the wall adjacent from the hostess stand.

But Babalu is more than that. For one thing, its patio space is one of the best places to chill out with people, whether you feel like sitting at a normal table or if you’re on a date and want to sit in a more relaxing space.
#The restaurant is also known for its margaritas. It does have a seasonal special, but it also has something else: Margarita Mondays, where all on the menu are $5.

For those who like a tiny bit of entertainment with their meal, patrons can request guacamole, and someone will make it right at their table.

Tacos is in the name, so at least once, you should try one of those dishes. The menu includes options such as roasted chicken with roast corn, cotija cheese, tomatoes and a cumin lime aioli; and a cauliflower taco with comeback sauce, cilantro slaw and radish. Babalu’s menu also features dishes such as the torta Cubana, which has pulled pork, ham, pickles, a sweet mustard barbecue sauce and Swiss cheese; and shrimp and grits with an herb creole sauce, mushrooms and cilantro. The restaurant has desserts such as cheesecake bites, cinnamon bread pudding, and Babalu butter cake.

For more information, visit —Armani T. Fryer

WINNER: Best Happy Hour; Best Place for Cocktails; Best Margaritas; Best Place for a First Date; Best Outdoor Dining


Address: 622 Duling Ave. Jackson, MS 39216

Phone number: 601-366-5757

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