Spring is a time of new beginnings and Babalu Tapas and Tacos is taking on a freshening up of its daily offerings (Read more of their founding story here).

With an improved weekday social hour and new lunchtime combos, the Fondren-born restaurant is taking tapas to another level.

That said, here are three takeaways from the recently announced rollout:

Social Hour – Monday through Friday, 4-6 p.m. – is about more than the drinks.
Sure, sangria, margaritas and tequila and beer flights are enough to drive weekday bar traffic. But Babalu Tapas and Tacos shines a spotlight on their food, first and foremost (after all it’s in the name).

“We wanted to offer something more appealing than just drink options during happy hour,” says Elizabeth Augustine, the restaurant’s Community Manager. “We tested the new bites menu in our Atlanta location and it was a hit.”

We bet.

With queso fries, black bean fritters and a slider trio, among other options, added to the menu, these bites are perfect late afternoon fare.

You can see the full Social Hour “Flights & Bites” menu here.

Social equals sharing
Ever wanted to try the tableside guacamole but not in for a full order? The Babalu Best Dips trio is a best bet – guac, black bean hummus and pico with house-made chips. A very shareable slider trio gives you a Baba Burger, Lamb & Goat Cheese and Crispy Pork Belly, all mini sandwich sized. A bite for you and a bite for me of each, please.

“A lot of people love our burgers but shy away from them because of how large it is, so the sliders are the perfect portions,” Augustine says.

While you’ve always been able to get crab cakes or truffles, Social Hour means you don’t have to keep it all to yourself.  Augustine adds, “The culinary team took some of the Babalu favorites and made them the perfect size for snacking.”

Choosing a quick and affordable lunch spot just got easier
The Babalu menu is expansive, all tasty, all good choices. But at lunch, maybe you need a quick meal without a lot of thought that’s easy on the wallet.

Starting at $7.99, choose two tacos or the Congri (black bean and rice) sliders. For $8.99, choose from chicken pinchos (think chicken satay), the lunch caesar salad with salmon or the torta cubana. Move up to the $9.99 option and options include the tapa of the week, a grilled shrimp and strawberry salad or the famous Baba-Burger®.

Each entree comes with the soup of the day or a small chopped salad, is available Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

See the full lunch menu other details here.

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