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We’ve just rolled out a tasty new lunch special that will fill you up without draining your wallet! Get a soft drink or tea, soup or small Babalu Chop Salad, and two tacos of your choice for $8.50!

Our lunch special is available every Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Charlotte

Babalu Tapas & Tacos opened its doors in Charlotte in July 2016 making this location our first step into the North Carolina dining scene. Located in Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood, Babalu is excited to be an addition to what was the first streetcar suburb of historic Charlotte. Once an original historic house that has seen a number of restaurants over the years, Babalu recreated a fresh take on an established Dilworth hot spot. Much of the structure had to be rebuilt, but we stayed true to the original home’s front porch, which is now an open air bar and dining area with wall-to-wall operable windows on each side. Our 365-day patio with bar and lounge seating will be bringing a lot of energy to the sidewalks of East Boulevard. Parking woes will be alleviated with our daily valet program, so don’t fret about spending 20 minutes of your lunch break searching for that perfect spot. We want you to spend as much time with us as you can. Babalu looks forward to welcoming Dilworth and Queen City residents to our newest Guac on the Block.

patio weather

seasonal margarita

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Watermelon Margarita
Watermelon infused tequila, triple sec, fresh house-made sweet & sour, salt rim, topped with a drunken watermelon slice

store hours

Monday – Thursday
11am – 10pm

Friday – Saturday
11am – 11pm

Sunday
11am – 9pm

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(704) 334-1511

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

CAESAR SALAD
Romaine, radish, cotija, croutons, garlic caesar dressing 7.95

Tapas

Tapas

GRILLED CHICKEN SATAY
Black beans & rice, smoked corn pico de gallo, teriyaki glaze 9.25

ALBONDIGAS
Braised lamb & chorizo meatballs, citrus BBQ glaze, pico de gallo, cotija cheese, black beans and rice 10.50

PAN-SEARED CRAB CAKES
Jumbo lump crab, chipotle chili sauce, fresno pepper slaw, cilantro 13.95

CREOLE SHRIMP & GRITS
Gulf shrimp, garlic, herb creole sauce, mushrooms, cilantro, Cold Water Creek grits, grilled country bread 12.95

BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB GT
Natural beef short rib, grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, red wine braising jus 12.25

FILET ON A STICK
Grilled tenderloin, teriyaki glaze, rostï potatoes, broccolini, pico de gallo 12.25

FIERCE SHRIMP
Flash fried Gulf shrimp, fresno pepper slaw, chipotle chili sauce, cilantro 11.25

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

BLACKENED SCOTTISH SALMON
Blackened salmon, Cold Water Creek cheese grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, teriyaki and citrus BBQ glaze. 12.25

SHRIMP & CHORIZO SKILLET GT
Gulf shrimp, chorizo, crispy rice, fresno peppers, tri-pepper hash 11.25

ENCHILADA OF THE DAY MKT

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 10.50

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 8.25

* 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

SAUTEED BROCCOLINI WITH GOAT CHEESE 5.25 GT
BRAISED COLLARD GREENS 4.95 GT
COLD WATER CREEK 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 & Kids
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

CAESAR SALAD
Romaine, radish, cotija, croutons, garlic caesar dressing 7.95

Tapas

Tapas

GRILLED CHICKEN SATAY
Black beans & rice, smoked corn pico de gallo, teriyaki glaze 9.25

ALBONDIGAS
Braised lamb & chorizo meatballs, citrus BBQ glaze, pico de gallo, cotija cheese, black beans and rice 10.50

PAN-SEARED CRAB CAKES
Jumbo lump crab, chipotle chili sauce, fresno pepper slaw, cilantro 13.95

CREOLE SHRIMP & GRITS
Gulf shrimp, garlic, herb creole sauce, mushrooms, cilantro, Cold Water Creek grits, grilled country bread 12.95

BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB GT
Natural beef short rib, grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, red wine braising jus 12.25

FILET ON A STICK
Grilled tenderloin, teriyaki glaze, rostï potatoes, broccolini, pico de gallo 12.25

FIERCE SHRIMP
Flash fried Gulf shrimp, fresno pepper slaw, chipotle chili sauce, cilantro 11.25

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

BLACKENED SCOTTISH SALMON
Blackened salmon, Cold Water Creek cheese grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, teriyaki and citrus BBQ glaze. 12.25

SHRIMP & CHORIZO SKILLET GT
Gulf shrimp, chorizo, crispy rice, fresno peppers, tri-pepper hash 11.25

ENCHILADA OF THE DAY MKT

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 10.50

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 8.25

* 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

SAUTEED BROCCOLINI WITH GOAT CHEESE 5.25 GT
BRAISED COLLARD GREENS 4.95 GT
COLD WATER CREEK 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 & Kids

Margaritas

Cocktails

Brunch

our people

NICK PATEL

GENERAL MANAGER

FAVORITE PART OF HIS JOB?

The craziness, the pressure, the connections made with guests & team members, the cooking, the drink making, the hosting of the party!

EVER PICK UP THE COOKBOOK?

I love to cook. There are 3 chefs in my family (my mom, aunt & cousin) so, there is always food around. I like to cook food that changes people’s perception of Indian Cuisine.

PIECE OF ADVICE TO PASS ONTO OTHERS?

Always take blame, you’re the leader.

KIARA VIRGIL

FEATURED EMPLOYEE

STARTED AT BABALU

Kiara has been with us since Day One!

POSITION

Started working the salad station, but since then has been trained on every station including tapas, tacos & prep.

IN HER DOWNTIME…

In her free time she loves to cook at home with her girlfriend and her step-children. She also enjoys volunteering in the community with special needs children.

PRIVATE DINING

Looking for the perfect place to hold a meeting or event? Contact Babalu Catering to book the 1511 Room or patio!  Our semi-private dining room can comfortably fit 30 people seated or for a cocktail-type of event. Our covered and screened-in patio easily can accommodate 35 to 40, and Babalu-style dining or buffet menu options are available.  It’s perfect for business or working luncheons, celebrations, or special occasions!

Reach out to our catering coordinator at (704) 430-5840 for more information or to book your event today!

Whatever the occasion, Babalu Catering will ensure no one at your fiesta leaves hungry. We offer specialty tapas-style hors d’oeuvres, full service catering and custom delivery options. For more information, please email or call the number below.  Let us show you exactly what makes catering from Babalu Tapas & Tacos… better and different!

Ring: (704) 430-5840

Email: [email protected]