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Chapel Hill

Babalu could not be more excited about the opening of our second restaurant in North Carolina — Babalu Chapel Hill. Babalu thrives on active community involvement and we are pleased to put down roots in the Eastgate Crossing Shopping Center, a location that has been an integral part of Chapel Hill for nearly 60 years. We’ve taken our signature open-kitchen concept to a whole new level. Guests will also enjoy a mixture of long bar height community tables, perfect for groups, mixed in with traditional seating. With its close proximity to the University of North Carolina and Duke University, we wanted to combine our gourmet tapas and tacos with a whole lot of fun. Sip on hand crafted cocktails from the indoor/outdoor bar adjacent to our expanded patio with added seating. Babalu Chapel Hill is sure to become a hot spot for brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks.

patio weather

seasonal margarita

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Our Chapel Hill bartender’s featured margarita
can always be found here!

store hours

Now Open!

Monday – Thursday
11am – 10pm

Friday – Saturday
11am – 11pm

Sunday
11am – 9pm

COME SEE US

at Eastgate Crossing

1800 East Franklin St. Suite 16
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

¡ BE SOCIAL !

GIVE US A RING

984-528-8030

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 13.95

CREOLE SHRIMP & GRITS
Gulf shrimp, garlic, herb creole sauce, mushrooms, cilantro, Old Mill of Guilford grits, grilled country bread 12.95

BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB GT
Natural beef short rib, grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, red wine braising jus 12.25

FILET ON A STICK
Grilled tenderloin, teriyaki glaze, rostï potatoes, broccolini, pico de gallo 12.25

FIERCE SHRIMP
Flash fried Gulf shrimp, fresno pepper slaw, chipotle chili sauce, cilantro 11.25

PAN ROASTED REDFISH GT
Rostï potatoes, smoked corn pico de gallo, red chili butter sauce 13.50

BLACKENED SCOTTISH SALMON
Blackened salmon, Old Mill of Guilford cheese grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, teriyaki and citrus BBQ glaze. 12.25

SHRIMP & CHORIZO SKILLET GT
Gulf shrimp, chorizo, crispy rice, fresno peppers, tri-pepper hash 11.25

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 10.50

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
OLD MILL OF GUILFORD 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 13.95

CREOLE SHRIMP & GRITS
Gulf shrimp, garlic, herb creole sauce, mushrooms, cilantro, Old Mill of Guilford grits, grilled country bread 12.95

BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB GT
Natural beef short rib, grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, red wine braising jus 12.25

FILET ON A STICK
Grilled tenderloin, teriyaki glaze, rostï potatoes, broccolini, pico de gallo 12.25

FIERCE SHRIMP
Flash fried Gulf shrimp, fresno pepper slaw, chipotle chili sauce, cilantro 11.25

PAN ROASTED REDFISH GT
Rostï potatoes, smoked corn pico de gallo, red chili butter sauce 13.50

BLACKENED SCOTTISH SALMON
Blackened salmon, Old Mill of Guilford cheese grits, smoked corn pico de gallo, teriyaki and citrus BBQ glaze. 12.25

SHRIMP & CHORIZO SKILLET GT
Gulf shrimp, chorizo, crispy rice, fresno peppers, tri-pepper hash 11.25

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 10.50

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
OLD MILL OF GUILFORD 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

NEHAL ASHER

GENERAL MANAGER

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?

Spending time with my family and occasionally dusting off my tennis racket and hitting the courts.

WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE DINING EXPERIENCES

The dinner after my wife’s and I wedding. The warm, excellent and thorough service and food enhanced what was the best day of my life into an unforgettable event!

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE GIVEN TO YOU THAT YOU LIKE TO PASS ONTO OTHERS?

Embrace the passion of restaurants! The people, the food and especially the fun!

WHO WILL BE OUR FIRST

FEATURED EMPLOYEE?

AS THE SAYING GOES, GOOD HELP IS HARD TO FIND…

So when we come across one of our teammates that is willing to time and time again go “above and beyond” to make guests happy… the least we can do is brag on them a little.

WANT TO KNOW WHAT SERVER OR BARTENDER TO ASK FOR?

You might just find them right here!

JAMES HUFF

EXECUTIVE CHEF

WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A CHEF?

I come from a big family, where food was always central to family gatherings and get togethers. Both of my parents are good cooks, so it seemed natural that I gravitated towards being a Chef. Ironically, both of my siblings are in the industry as well.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO EAT WHEN YOU’RE AT HOME?

Usually anything I can cook over live fire, big hunks of meat, fish, and vegetables.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?

Work in the yard, the garden, sitting out back with my wife, playing with my 3 sons, golfing, and of course, cooking

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!