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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 $7.95!

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

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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Orange Blossom Surprise
Orange infused tequila, triple sec, orange juice, Amaretto and fresh, house-made sweet & sour

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

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 12.95

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

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

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
Blackened salmon, Shelton Farms cheese grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, teriyaki and citrus BBQ glaze. 10.75

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

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 10.25

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
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 & 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 12.95

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

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

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
Blackened salmon, Shelton Farms cheese grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, teriyaki and citrus BBQ glaze. 10.75

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

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 10.25

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
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 & Kids

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.

T.J. SAUNDERS

EXECUTIVE CHEF

WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A CHEF?

In 3rd grade, my mom started teaching me how to cook. I even did a school report on how I wanted to be a chef when I grew up.

FAVORITE FOOD MEMORY?

Picture it: dining at a beautiful and quaint restaurant called Le Dome in Paris with my wife enjoying asparagus soup.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Wanting to please people is in my DNA.

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 [email protected] 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: (865) 332-9060

Email: [email protected]