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Babalu Tacos & Tapas

2115 Madison Ave. (Cooper St.) Send to Phone
Tacos, tapas, tortas and guacamole made tableside distinguish this hip eatery in Midtown’s Overton Square.
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Lunch & Dinner daily

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Babalu Tacos & Tapas Restaurant Review

: The large patio and massive indoor space are always buzzing at this popular tacos and tapas restaurant in Midtown’s Overton Square entertainment district. The interior is painted in cool turquoise tones, and looped scenes from "I Love Lucy" (the inspiration for the restaurant’s name) are projected onto one wall. The menu is designed for sharing with lots of small plate options, mini tacos and dips. Fresh guacamole gets an unexpected kick from the addition of sun-dried tomatoes, and servers make it fresh at the table. Tapas include patatas bravas, black beans and rice, and Mexican street corn. A classic Cuban sandwich, the Torta Cubana, features house-smoked pork shoulder, ham, pickles, Swiss cheese and sweet mustard barbecue sauce. There are also burgers and salads, but Babalu is best known for its large selection of tacos with fillings ranging from flash-fried oysters to fresh vegetables to pulled pork. The wine selection features mostly Spanish and Chilean wines. Babalu shines in the cocktail department. The TC Tea, made with sweet tea vodka, lime, mint, powdered sugar and Sprite, is like Southern-style iced tea with a boozy kick.

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