Lexington Living : Babalu Tacos & Tapas
If you live in Lexington and love shopping, cocktails and culinary delights - I bet you've been to the Summit at Fritz Farm.
My gal pal and I were over there finishing up some holiday shopping and after hours of retail therapy, we were desperate for a cocktail. While there are plenty of wonderful places to grab a quick drink at the Summit, when she suggested Babalu I responded with an immediate yes.
Babalu is a southern based, upscale Latin-inspired restaurant named after the signature song of the fictional television character Ricky Ricardo, in the comedy series I Love Lucy. The house specialties are tacos and tapas highlighted by an inviting bar area that features imaginative drink specials.
Speaking of drinks and as a side note... I must confess : I'm a margarita snob. I love them and I make them well. So you can imagine my disappointment when a bartender tries to throw some janky mix into my “fresh squeezed” margarita.
Happily, I can report there were no janky mixes at Babalu! In fact, there was nothing but deliciousness.
As you skim over the drink menu, you could almost hear the ocean waves and feel the heat of the Los Cabos sun beating down on you.
The Caliente Cooler came highly recommeded by our bartender so we thought that would be a good place to start.
Ingredients : Exotico blanco tequila, agave nectar, jalapeño triple sec, strawberry banana puree, house made sweet & sour.
Our bartender did not disappoint with the suggestion. It was not only a great place to start we also decided to end with it too.
In the midst of our coolers, we got a little fruity with the Pineapple Margarita. I highly recommend adding some jalapeño triple sec to drum up some heat.
Ingredients : House infused pineapple tequila, fresh squeezed sour mix, jalapeño triple sec (*special request)
It was very refreshing and tropical with a slight kick, but it couldn't top our beloved Caliente Cooler.
After wetting our whistles, we decided to dive into the table side guacamole.
Its a must order and fulfilled all my wishes of being chunky, spicy and fresh.
And while I was impressed with the food, drinks and overall expereince, my biggest surprise came weeks after my visit to Babalu.
A handwritten postcard thanking me for my visit. Are you freaking kidding me? I LOVE getting mail!!! So kudos to Babalu for going the extra mile in regards to customer service and being a great addition to the Lexington restaurant scene.
The next time you in Lexington - make sure you check this place out.
Cheers to you, Babalu. See you soon!