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Food worth sharing

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Fondren

The original Babalu Tapas & Tacos opened in 2010 in the heart of the historic Fondren neighborhood in Jackson, Miss. The 4,000 square foot restaurant is housed in a former elementary school built in 1927.

Traces of the building’s roots are still evident with high ceilings, tall windows, and cement walls. You may even notice circular patterns on the ceiling – it’s leftover from the old ceiling tiles! The building’s quirks are just a few of the characteristics that make Babalu unique. Watch classic TV reruns over tapas in the main dining room or unwind with a Baba-rita at the horseshoe-shaped bar or outdoor patio.

patio weather

seasonal margarita

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Pineapple Dreamsicle

Cathead honeysuckle, Captain Morgan, pineapple/apple simple syrup, sauvignon blanc, and topped with ginger ale

store hours

Monday – Thursday
11am – 10pm

Friday – Saturday
11am – 11pm

Sunday
11am – 9pm

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GIVE US A RING

(601) 366-5757

Starters

Soup & Salad

SOUP OF THE DAY 3.95

BABALU CHOP SALAD GT
Romaine, black beans, anaheim peppers, red onions, tomatoes, grilled corn, toasted pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, house lime vinaigrette 11.95/7.50

GRILLED CAESAR SALAD
Grilled romaine, radish, cotija, croutons, garlic caesar dressing 7.95

Tapas

Tapas

*SPICE SEARED TUNA CRISP GT
Seared Saku tuna, jalapeño poblano vinaigrette, pineapple-fresno salsa, plantain crisp 9.95

GRILLED CHICKEN SATAY
Black beans & rice, smoked corn pico de gallo, teriyaki glaze 8.95

BRAISED CHICKEN TAMALES GT
Joyce Farms chicken tamales, tri pepper-corn hash, chipotle pepper sauce, cotija cheese 9.50

PAN-SEARED CRAB CAKES
Jumbo lump crab, chipotle chili sauce, fresno pepper slaw, cilantro 12.95

CREOLE SHRIMP & GRITS
Gulf shrimp, garlic, herb creole sauce, mushrooms, cilantro, Delta Grind grits, grilled country bread 11.95

ENCHILADA OF THE DAY MKT

FILET ON A STICK
Grilled tenderloin, teriyaki glaze, rostï potatoes, broccolini, pico de gallo 11.95

FIERCE SHRIMP
Flash fried Gulf shrimp, fresno pepper slaw, chipotle chili sauce, cilantro 10.95

PAN ROASTED REDFISH GT
Rostï potatoes, smoked corn pico de gallo, red chili butter sauce 13.50

BLACKENED SCOTTISH SALMON GT
Blackened salmon, avocado mousse, cilantro pepita rice, pineapple fresno salsa 10.25

SHRIMP & CHORIZO SKILLET GT
Gulf shrimp, chorizo, crispy rice, tri-pepper hash 10.50

BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB GT
Aspen Ridge Natural Beef short rib, grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, red wine braising jus 11.95

Tacos
Tortas & Sides

Sandwiches

ADD SIDE OF FRIES 2.00

*BABA burger
Aspen Ridge Natural Angus Beef, roasted roma tomato, caramelized onions, white cheddar cheese, Hass avocado, smoked bacon, chipotle aioli, sweet sourdough bun 9.95

TORTA CUBANA
Citrus braised pulled pork, black forest ham, marinated cucumbers, sweet mustard BBQ sauce, Swiss cheese, Cuban bread 9.95

BLACK BEAN BURGER
House-made black bean cake, red chimichurri, grilled red onion ring, arugula, Hass avocado, sweet sourdough bun 7.95

* SPICE SEARED TUNA “BLC”
Bacon, arugula, marinated cucumbers, wasabi aioli, sweet sourdough bun 11.95

* LAMB SLIDERS
Rosen Farms lamb, goat cheese, pickled red onions, arugula & chipotle aioli, brioche buns 9.95

Sides to Share

GRILLED BROCCOLINI WITH GOAT CHEESE 5.25 GT
CILANTRO PEPITA RICE 5.25 GT
DELTA GRIND CHEESE GRITS 4.75 GT
BLACK BEANS & RICE 4.25 GT
MEXICAN STREET CORN 5.25 GT
GARLIC rostï POTATOES
WITH TERIYAKI GLAZE 4.75
HOUSE CUT THIN FRIES 3.75 GT
SWEET POTATO FRIES 4.25
Desserts
Margaritas
Cocktails
Brunch

Starters

Soup & Salad

SOUP OF THE DAY 3.95

BABALU CHOP SALAD GT
Romaine, black beans, anaheim peppers, red onions, tomatoes, grilled corn, toasted pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, house lime vinaigrette 11.95/7.50

GRILLED CAESAR SALAD
Grilled romaine, radish, cotija, croutons, garlic caesar dressing 7.95

Tapas

Tapas

*SPICE SEARED TUNA CRISP GT
Seared Saku tuna, jalapeño poblano vinaigrette, pineapple-fresno salsa, plantain crisp 9.95

GRILLED CHICKEN SATAY
Black beans & rice, smoked corn pico de gallo, teriyaki glaze 8.95

BRAISED CHICKEN TAMALES GT
Joyce Farms chicken tamales, tri pepper-corn hash, chipotle pepper sauce, cotija cheese 9.50

PAN-SEARED CRAB CAKES
Jumbo lump crab, chipotle chili sauce, fresno pepper slaw, cilantro 12.95

CREOLE SHRIMP & GRITS
Gulf shrimp, garlic, herb creole sauce, mushrooms, cilantro, Delta Grind grits, grilled country bread 11.95

ENCHILADA OF THE DAY MKT

FILET ON A STICK
Grilled tenderloin, teriyaki glaze, rostï potatoes, broccolini, pico de gallo 11.95

FIERCE SHRIMP
Flash fried Gulf shrimp, fresno pepper slaw, chipotle chili sauce, cilantro 10.95

PAN ROASTED REDFISH GT
Rostï potatoes, smoked corn pico de gallo, red chili butter sauce 13.50

BLACKENED SCOTTISH SALMON GT
Blackened salmon, avocado mousse, cilantro pepita rice, pineapple fresno salsa 10.25

SHRIMP & CHORIZO SKILLET GT
Gulf shrimp, chorizo, crispy rice, tri-pepper hash 10.50

BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB GT
Aspen Ridge Natural Beef short rib, grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, red wine braising jus 11.95

Tacos

Tortas & Sides

Sandwiches

ADD SIDE OF FRIES 2.00

*BABA burger
Aspen Ridge Natural Angus Beef, roasted roma tomato, caramelized onions, white cheddar cheese, Hass avocado, smoked bacon, chipotle aioli, sweet sourdough bun 9.95

TORTA CUBANA
Citrus braised pulled pork, black forest ham, marinated cucumbers, sweet mustard BBQ sauce, Swiss cheese, Cuban bread 9.95

BLACK BEAN BURGER
House-made black bean cake, red chimichurri, grilled red onion ring, arugula, Hass avocado, sweet sourdough bun 7.95

* SPICE SEARED TUNA “BLC”
Bacon, arugula, marinated cucumbers, wasabi aioli, sweet sourdough bun 11.95

* LAMB SLIDERS
Rosen Farms lamb, goat cheese, pickled red onions, arugula & chipotle aioli, brioche buns 9.95

Sides to Share

GRILLED BROCCOLINI WITH GOAT CHEESE 5.25 GT
CILANTRO PEPITA RICE 5.25 GT
DELTA GRIND CHEESE GRITS 4.75 GT
BLACK BEANS & RICE 4.25 GT
MEXICAN STREET CORN 5.25 GT
GARLIC rostï POTATOES
WITH TERIYAKI GLAZE 4.75
HOUSE CUT THIN FRIES 3.75 GT
SWEET POTATO FRIES 4.25

Desserts

Margaritas

Cocktails

Brunch

our people

Justin Courson

JUSTIN COURSON

GENERAL MANAGER

FAVORITE MENU ITEM

Grilled Chicken Satay

HOBBIES

Adventures with his daughter, Eva Claire, and Fishing

HOMETOWN

Jackson, MS

KAYLA CHILDS

FEATURED EMPLOYEE

RECOMMENDATIONS?

Kayla’s favorite menu item is the Sesame Tuna. She also highly recommends the TC Tea because of its fresh, complex flavors.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT BABALU?

“The ability to move up in the company if you work hard.”

BEEN AROUND THE BABA-BLOCK…

Kayla has worked at Babalu Fondren for almost two years.  She is a server and a trainer.

Cristian Rodriguez

CRISTIAN RODRIGUEZ

EXECUTIVE CHEF

HOMETOWN

San Cristobal, Táchir, Venezuela

FAVORITE FOODS TO COOK WITH

Spices. Garlic is the best

INSPIRED BY

My mother and my dad, they have a great work ethic.