There’s nothing like catching up with friends, and what better way to do it than over yummy food and drinks? Babalu invited me out to try their newly launched Summer cocktail menu last week and I had a chance to catch up with my friend (and former intern) Caitlin.
Cailin graduated from the U of M in May and immediately hopped into her career (hence why she’s no longer my intern haha), so outside of a few events, we hadn’t had a chance to really talk in awhile. She’s such a sweetheart and a blogger as well, so I was happy that she was able to join me for drinks and a quick bite. We kicked things off with freshly made guacamole and chips (they make it next to the table).
I’ve had Babalu’s guac before, but this time I had them add in bacon and ya’ll, this made it NEXT. LEVEL. I can seriously eat guac and chips every day, it’s so yummy. Next time, I’m adding in the jalepenos too so that I can make it a little spicy.
While we chatted about life, blogging and social media (Caitlin’s handling Social Media for a brand), we picked out our sips: I chose the Island Feverita while Caitlin had the Lemon Berry Sour.
Bar Rescue star Lisamarie Joyce refreshed their cocktail menu with a batch of handcrafted, spirits-forward cocktails, and they do not disappoint. I know what you’re thinking: salt + pepper on the rim? Don’t knock it til you try it!
To go with our cocktails, Caitlin had the Pan Seared Redfish (Rostï potatoes, smoked corn pico de gallo, red chili butter sauce) while I went with the Spice Seared Tuna “BLC” (Bacon, arugula, marinated cucumbers, wasabi aioli, sweet sourdough bun) with a side of Sweet Potato Fries.
It is soooo friggin good. If you like ahi tuna, then you will love this BLT alternative.
We were offered dessert but there was just no room for it: we couldn’t even make room for a second round of drinks! Their food is filling but not heavy, and their cocktails are delish, so even if you only have a short amount of time to fellowship with friends, you don’t feel like you’re rushing to eat or getting watered down drinks. If I would’ve had room, I would have gotten their Rosé Sangria (it’s seriously refreshing). I’m so glad we were able to catch up and hang out for a bit. When you like a person’s energy and you have a lot in common, it’s important to always find time to hang out.
Visit www.eatbabalu.com to find a location near you and to check out their menu; if you’re located in Memphis my favorite location is Overton Square.
Have you tried Babalu’s new cocktail menu?