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Andy's Restaurant Scorecard: Babalu, plus scores

Like a rookie hitting a dinger in his first plate appearance, the newest spot on Midtown's Overton Square just rocked the High Score of the Week. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Like a rookie hitting a dinger in his first plate appearance, the newest spot on Midtown's Overton Square just rocked the High Score of the Week. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - Like a rookie hitting a dinger in his first plate appearance, the newest spot on Midtown's Overton Square just rocked the High Score of the Week.

Babalu, 2115 Madison Ave., earned a 98 on its July 6 health inspection.

Airy and wide-open -- with a trendy open-air bar serving both indoor and outdoor guests and silent episodes of I Love Lucy projected on the walls -- Babalu is a place where friends and family don't have to scream to hear themselves talk.

Customers scarf on salads, sandwiches, gourmet tacos and small-portion dishes (tapas) designed for sharing.

"That's the way we do it here," said Babalu's Executive Chef Tim Antignane.

"Family-style!" fawned customer Geraldina Kratzke of East Memphis. As a Latino, she loves Babalu's smaller-serving, order-a-bunch-with-friends kind of fare.

"The food is very much related to Central America, Latin America from where I come from, and it's just wonderful to come here," she said.

"(For the tacos) we're doing blue 'from masa' tortillas, made from scratch," Antignane said, as employees balled and rolled out the tortillas right in front of us.

Also right in front of us, guacamole made table-side -- with avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, red & green onions, Kosher salt, cilantro and lime juice. The staff agreed it's the most popular thing on the menu.

WHAT ANDY LIKES:  Guacamole Made Table-Side, Lamb Barbacoa Taco, Pan-Roasted Redfish Tapas. Click Here for Babalu's Menu.

SCORES OF THE WEEK:

Babalu Tacos & Tapas, 2115 Madison Ave., Overton Square/Midtown Memphis, 98 on July 6

McAlister's Deli, 336 Market Blvd., Collierville, TN, 98 on July 10

Baskin Robbins, 4307 Summer Ave., Berclair/East Memphis, 97 on July 7

Subway, 8021 Highway 51 N., Millington, TN, 97 on July 2

Burger King, 1250 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN, 97 on July 10

Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop, 5002 Black Rd., White Station Area/East Memphis, 96 on July 8

El Mezcal, 8834 Highway 51 N., Millington, TN, 96 on July 2

Subway, 3439 Austin Peay Hwy., Raleigh, 96 on July 10

Popeye's Fried Chicken, 1105 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN, 96 on July 10

Café Eclectic, 603 N. McLean Blvd., Midtown Memphis, 94 on July 10

All Star Hot Wings, 8500 Wilkinsville Rd., Millington, TN, 94 on July 2

Hong Kong Restaurant, 3966 Elvis Presley Blvd., Whitehaven, 94 on July 8

Don Don's Hot Wings/Exclusive Fish/Wings, 1707 Winchester Rd., Whitehaven, 94 on July 7

Jody's Donuts & Bakery, 420 S. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN, 93 on July 8

The Peanut Shoppe, 4305 Summer Ave., Berclair/East Memphis, 93 on July 7

The Original Uncle Lou's Southern Kitchen, 3633 Millbranch Rd., Whitehaven, 93 on July 9

Donald's Donuts, 5144 Riverdale Rd., Southeast Memphis, 93 on July 10

Jin's Donuts, 1990 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN, 93 on July 10

Wing Basket, 3455 N. Watkins St., Frayser, 92 on July 8

Phat Pat's Southern Quisine (spelled incorrectly on purpose), 3954 Austin Peay Hwy., Raleigh, 92 on July 10

Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3968 Elvis Presley Blvd., Whitehaven, 92 on July 8

Frida's Restaurante Mexicano, 1718 Madison Ave., Midtown Memphis, 92 on July 10

BJ's Buffalo Style Hot Wings & Things, 3824 Elvis Presley Blvd., Whitehaven, 90 on July 8

CK's Coffee Shop, 1698 Poplar Ave., Midtown Memphis, 87 on July 10

Happy Wok Chinese Food & Subs, 3685 N. Watkins St., Frayser, 77 on July 8

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