babalu

Since opening last summer, Babalu Tacos & Tapas has remained a hotspot in Historic Dilworth. East Boulevard, as we locals like to call it “Restaurant Row”, is the home to several of Charlotte’s favorite places to dine. Kid Cashew, 300 East, Thai Taste, and The Summit Room to name a few. Comfy-casual is the main theme among all of these quaint, longstanding neighborhood destinations and although Babalu does not originate from Charlotte, it has been a welcomed addition.

If you haven’t made a trip to Babalu yet, perhaps new menu items will intrigue you! They have recently launched a few new Spring menu items, revamped some favorite recipes and added two new desserts.

Keeping strong to their Latin-inspired dishes you will still see classics like the Cuban Sandwich, House-made Tacos, and Braised Chicken Tamales. By adding more contemporary plates such as Lamb Sliders, Charcuterie selections, Cayenne Chocolate Truffles and a Tres Leches Cake completes the menu with a nice finish.

b5Lamb Sliders
Rosen Farms lamb, goat cheese, pickled red onion, arugular, chipolte aioli, brioche bun

b2Charcuterie
Meats | Soppressata, Spreadable Salami, Spanish Chorizo
Cheese | Spanish Gouda, Manchego, Fresno Pepper Cheese Spread
Accouterments | Tomato Jam, Pickled Fresno Peppers, Cucumbers & Red Onions, Candied Almonds, Seasonal Fruit, Toast Points, Mustard

b8Tres Leches Cake
Sponge Cake, Citrus Whipped Cream, Blackberry Molasses Syrup

New Recipes
Blackened Scottish Salmon, Seared Tuna Crisps and house-made simple syrups for their cocktails and sangria.

Come by and enjoy their spacious patio seating at either their high tables or bright teal couches. You will see it is once again a big summer hit each time you pass by on East Boulevard. Be the person dining not driving!

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kid cashew

No, Kid Cashew isn’t a rapper.

That is exactly what my friends and I thought when we first heard the name, at no thanks to Kid Rock on the reason why.  Instead, it’s a Mediterranean-cuisine inspired restaurant making a home in the building that’s been countless different restaurants, at 1608 East Blvd, across from The MayoBird. For the record, Cashew was a pet goat.

You walk indoors and immediately feel in an old country chic log cabin, with exposed ceiling beams. Low hanging chandeliers and rustic wooden tables with metal chairs. Mismatched dining sets, simple and bright decor with an open view of the kitchen and bar. Behind which you’ll see a rotisserie slow roasting pork, chicken and lamb.

 

The hummus appetizer literally flew off the plate so no picture is documented here. However I managed to keep my parents from eating their entrees in just enough time to snap a photo.

Lamb Burger and Sliced Pork Panini.

Their hand-crafted cocktail menu is small but packs a punch. Their signature is named Breast Milk… which doesn’t have breast milk in it so don’t worry. It’s made with ouzo (a licorice-flavored Greek bitter), amaretto, honey, fresh lemon and mint. Not my cup of tea with the licorice so I opted for the Basil. The other hand-crafted cocktails are named simply by the fresh herbs used. Thyme, Cilantro, Rosemary and Basil.

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Finishing off bunch was either their baklava or freshly made vanilla bean gelato topped with olive oil and sea salt. I sincerely wanted to baklava since it happens to be my favorite pastry, but I was out voted. Their gelato was very smooth but not the type of gelato I’m familiar with from Va Da Vie. Still interesting with the olive oil, worth the trip to taste everything else on the menu! I’ll be back for sure.

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