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Food worth sharing

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Baba-Blue Plate Features

$9.95, tax & tea / soft drink included

DINE IN ONLY • 11 am - 2 pm

Monday

Citrus Braised Pulled Pork or Smoked Tinga Chicken

Citrus Braised Pulled Pork or Smoked Tinga Chicken

Served over a mix of black beans and rice, with jalapeño BBQ sauce & cilantro slaw.

Tuesday

Traditional Tacos

Traditional Tacos

Seasoned ground beef on cheesy flour tortillas topped with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, cumin crema and served with stewed black beans.

Wednesday

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich

House braised pulled pork sandwich, served on our sourdough toasted bun with jalapeño BBQ sauce, peanut slaw and house cut fries.

Thursday

Braised Short Rib + Veggies

Braised Short Rib + Veggies

Topped with house demi glaze, smoked corn pico de gallo and served with Shelton Farms cheese grits and broccolini.

Friday

Crispy Fried Gulf Shrimp

Crispy Fried Gulf Shrimp

Served with our house comeback dressing, sweet potato fries and red cabbage slaw.

Knoxville

With its close proximity to UT Knoxville and the exciting revitalization of the downtown area, Babalu Tapas & Tacos couldn’t pass up the opportunity to call downtown Knoxville home. A well-known department store occupied the two southern buildings located at the 400 block of Gay Street from 1898 until 1980. Not a single customer had darkened the doorway of the building for over 30 years until Babalu began renovations in 2015. Look around and you will spy fifteen foot ceilings, exposed brick, 100-year-old terrazzo tile, and antique signage recovered from a Knoxville bygone era. It adds to the fun personality evident in each one of our restaurants. There is always something to do downtown and Babalu Knoxville is right in the heart of it.

patio weather

seasonal margarita

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Guac-a-rita
Cilantro infused tequila, muddled avocado, agave nectar, triple sec, house-made sweet & sour with tajin rim garnished with a lime and cilantro

store hours

Monday – Thursday
11am – 10pm

Friday – Saturday
11am – 11pm

Sunday
11am – 9pm

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(865) 329-1002

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, local 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
SHELTON FARMS 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, local 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
SHELTON FARMS 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

DEE HUST

GENERAL MANAGER

IF YOU HAD A SUPER POWER:

When I clap my hands, I would produce sandwiches as I clapped. This would be extremely beneficial if I were hungry and to help calm my son or my “hangry” wife down.

IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Spending time with my wife, Carissa, and my 3 yr old son, Hudson, Tennessee Football, and music

GADGET YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT…

University of Tennessee hot dog brander. If I did not have that then we just have regular ol’ hot dogs at the Hust household. Go Vols!

ALEJANDRA VILLANUEVA

FEATURED EMPLOYEE

STARTED AT BABALU…

Opening Day!

POSITION

Started as a Server Assistant, and has since moved all the way up to Server Trainer.

INTERESTING FACT:

Alejandra played rugby for the University of Tennessee.

WARREN WEISS

EXECUTIVE CHEF

LAST MEAL

Black-iron buttermilk fried chicken, giblet gravy, buttery mashed potatoes, bacon-roasted Brussels sprouts and baked macaroni and cheese.

HOBBIES

Board game enthusiast

FAVORITE FOOD MEMORY

Low country boils surrounded by great company, live music, moonshine and cold beer.

PRIVATE DINING

Looking for the perfect place to hold a meeting or event? Contact Babalu Catering to book our semi-private dining room. The room can comfortably accommodate 30-40 people seated or up to 50 people for a cocktail-type event. Babalu-style sharing or buffet menu options are available. It’s perfect for business or working luncheons, celebrations, or special occasions.

CONTACT US

Reach out to our catering coordinator at (865) 332-9060 or via email at knoxvillecatering@babalutacos.com 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. View our menus below for a sample of what we offer or let our catering manager put together a completely customized plan for your event.

Cocktail Party Menu  |  Dinner Party Menu  |  Office Lunch Menu

Ring: (865) 332-9060

Email: knoxvillecatering@babalutacos.com