Babalu which opened July and is located on a happening street of East BLVD. It’s not a Main Street here in Charlotte but with as much traffic that comes down this street due to all the restaurants and shops it should be.
This city is a growing metropolis with restaurants popping up all over the place. It also helps that one of the campuses Johnson & Wales University is located here. The cities diversity is growing daily which is adding to the growth of places to eat. Whatever your palette may be there is a place to satisfy it.
Babalu is exactly that. It’s a tacos and tapas restaurant that specializes in small plates of Latin inspiration meets traditional Southern cuisine. From chorizo to empanadas to creole shrimp and grits. Even the queso had a little mesquite like sauce drizzled on top!
The guacamole is made to order in front for you. Which I see a lot of restaurants do now. The one special ingredient they add is sun dried tomato. I will admit it’s not my favorite addition. However you ask for a side of pico de gallo which actually comes with the queso it’s so much better.
I ordered the baba burger. On this burger was the following roasted Roma tomatoes, caramelized onions. The cheese is a what cheddar cheese. Some hass avocado, smoked bacon and last but not least chipotle aioli. Wait my bun wha brings this together is a sweet sour dough bun. Now please re-read all that was on the burger again. When I tell you you tasted every flavor with every bite. When you go through a menu looking for what you want to eat you hope that what you finally decide on encompasses all that is described. You get that 60% to 70% of the time. With this burger it was there. The roasted Roma tomato bright red with some of the pits still in it. The taste fiery yet not to smoked out. The caramelized onions still had some crunch. They were not totally wilted. The white cheddar cheese I really think was there for the smoothness. It blended well with the avocado. Smoked bacon nice and crispy. Bringing all those flavors together was the chipotle aioli. So strong in taste but muted with the bite of the sweet sour dough buns. This was a punch packed burger right to your gut. The burger itself was juicy. As always I get it cooked medium well and it was still juicy. Now with all that said will I have it again probably not it was almost to much. Don’t get me wrong it was good but they have so many other dishes you want to try more every time you go.