Babalu

★★★★★
  • 1002 Montana Ave

    Santa Monica, CA 90403

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  • 310-395-2500

About Babalu

Hours
Monday To Friday From 11:30 AM To 11:00 PM Saturday To Sunday From 08:00 AM To 11:00 PM

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I like this place because its casual , semi kid friendly, great food and easy going staff. I would recommend

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I like this place because its casual , semi kid friendly, great food and easy going staff. I would recommend

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I was thinking this would be a fun and yummy place to go. Turns out it was at the other end of the scale. The fish was so buttered up on first bites, I asked it to be redone. The menu said it was cooked in wine and horseradish; no way.
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I was thinking this would be a fun and yummy place to go. Turns out it was at the other end of the scale. The fish was so buttered up on first bites, I asked it to be redone. The menu said it was cooked in wine and horseradish; no way.
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I was very excited to try this place. I have been wanting to try it for sometime. I live locally and am always looking for new breakfast/brunch restaurants. I though this would be a great place to take my parents. I understand things

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I was very excited to try this place. I have been wanting to try it for sometime. I live locally and am always looking for new breakfast/brunch restaurants. I though this would be a great place to take my parents. I understand things

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I sat down at 7:15pm. Not a busy time of the evening.

Server took my order without incident. Ordered a jerk burger.

It didn't come to the table for 20 minutes. That's a long time for a 5 minute item. (Did I mention that I used to be a

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★★★★★

I sat down at 7:15pm. Not a busy time of the evening.

Server took my order without incident. Ordered a jerk burger.

It didn't come to the table for 20 minutes. That's a long time for a 5 minute item. (Did I mention that I used to be a

Pros: Service was okay.

Cons: I blame the cook primarily.

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The deserts at Babalu are GOOOOOOD. I highly recommend this place. I can't say that I've ever tried the non-desert menu, but if it's anywhere near the quality of the pies. . . .

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The deserts at Babalu are GOOOOOOD. I highly recommend this place. I can't say that I've ever tried the non-desert menu, but if it's anywhere near the quality of the pies. . . .

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Friend found a very long hair (she has short hair) mixed into her pasta. When presented to the manager, her response was not to take any responsibility. She claimed it 'flew in from the air'. This hair was NOT laying on top of the dish,

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Friend found a very long hair (she has short hair) mixed into her pasta. When presented to the manager, her response was not to take any responsibility. She claimed it 'flew in from the air'. This hair was NOT laying on top of the dish,

Pros: mostly good food

Cons: Poor customer service

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How is it possible that the owners of Babalu consistently produce some of the best food in Santa Monica and yet insist on hiring careless, self-absorbed, narcissistic waiters? Yes, this is Los Angeles, but the heights of inconsiderate

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How is it possible that the owners of Babalu consistently produce some of the best food in Santa Monica and yet insist on hiring careless, self-absorbed, narcissistic waiters? Yes, this is Los Angeles, but the heights of inconsiderate

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My boyfriend recently had dinner with a friend at Babalu and had the amazing Turkey Meatloaf. He was dying for me to try it. It was great! But the big satisfying surprise was one of the best desserts I've ever had! I love coconut and

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My boyfriend recently had dinner with a friend at Babalu and had the amazing Turkey Meatloaf. He was dying for me to try it. It was great! But the big satisfying surprise was one of the best desserts I've ever had! I love coconut and

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This is one of my favorite places on Montana, and while it's true that you are almost assuredly going to wait. Let me just say that it is worth it. The unusual menu offers up all kinds of weird Cuban/American fusions that are pretty

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This is one of my favorite places on Montana, and while it's true that you are almost assuredly going to wait. Let me just say that it is worth it. The unusual menu offers up all kinds of weird Cuban/American fusions that are pretty

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Above average food, slightly overpriced and a manager with bipolar. It's worth visiting when the angry blonde behind the counter has the day off. Coconut shrimp, chicken tacos, vegetable stir-fry, and all of the desserts are tasty.

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Above average food, slightly overpriced and a manager with bipolar. It's worth visiting when the angry blonde behind the counter has the day off. Coconut shrimp, chicken tacos, vegetable stir-fry, and all of the desserts are tasty.

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Went to Bablu last night. We waited about 25 minutes, which I was totally ok with. It was, after all, 730pm in Santa Monica. The room has a good atmosphere, nice and airy.\r
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When we were seated, the server was frantic. It's not a big

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Went to Bablu last night. We waited about 25 minutes, which I was totally ok with. It was, after all, 730pm in Santa Monica. The room has a good atmosphere, nice and airy.\r
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When we were seated, the server was frantic. It's not a big

Pros: Ambience, location, service (friendly, not fast)

Cons: Everything else

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Babalu is a wonderful place to dine. Located on Montana Ave in Santa Monica, this little locals spot is truly delicious. The atmosphere is always friendly and I've yet to be disappointed by the food. Everything is good. You must save room for dessert!!

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Babalu is a wonderful place to dine. Located on Montana Ave in Santa Monica, this little locals spot is truly delicious. The atmosphere is always friendly and I've yet to be disappointed by the food. Everything is good. You must save room for dessert!!

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You'll be glad you did. And the pot stickers are good. And so are the yam fries. Everything is here. It's a fun, loud (esp for dinner) yet intimate place to have a meal with a friendly staff and a lot of variety on the menu.

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You'll be glad you did. And the pot stickers are good. And so are the yam fries. Everything is here. It's a fun, loud (esp for dinner) yet intimate place to have a meal with a friendly staff and a lot of variety on the menu.

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This American, Asian and Caribbean restaurant has a Mediterranean feel with a brightly-colored decor and outside seating under colorful umbrellas. The menu is extra-spicy and extra-delicious. I have had the crab cakes and they are great! Beer and wine are available and the prices are reasonable.

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This American, Asian and Caribbean restaurant has a Mediterranean feel with a brightly-colored decor and outside seating under colorful umbrellas. The menu is extra-spicy and extra-delicious. I have had the crab cakes and they are great! Beer and wine are available and the prices are reasonable.

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This is a good place to go for something off the beaten path but still civilized. The menu should have something for everyones taste: Carribean/California Fusion. There is lots of light and the area is well organized, if a little tightly

3
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This is a good place to go for something off the beaten path but still civilized. The menu should have something for everyones taste: Carribean/California Fusion. There is lots of light and the area is well organized, if a little tightly

Pros: AMBIENCE, DESERTS, LOCATION

Cons: PARKING

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The atmosphere looked promising, but after a 45 minute wait, I was hoping to be blown off my seat. The restaurant is tiny yet somewhat cozy depending on the table you get. The waitress is virtually non-existant and I am still hoping the

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The atmosphere looked promising, but after a 45 minute wait, I was hoping to be blown off my seat. The restaurant is tiny yet somewhat cozy depending on the table you get. The waitress is virtually non-existant and I am still hoping the

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This place has a small town neighborhood feeling. It's not a Mom and Pop shop but it seems like it would be. The food is good and tastes fresh. They have good coffee and really good desserts. I had the crab enchiladas and scallop

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This place has a small town neighborhood feeling. It's not a Mom and Pop shop but it seems like it would be. The food is good and tastes fresh. They have good coffee and really good desserts. I had the crab enchiladas and scallop

Pros: Dessert and Coffee is good, fresh tasting food

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Loved Babalu. Extensive and fresh menu. There is something for everyone. I had the shrimp special and it was delicious.

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Loved Babalu. Extensive and fresh menu. There is something for everyone. I had the shrimp special and it was delicious.

Pros: Everything my friends and I had was delicious

Cons: A short wait

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The food was decent but the wait was horrible and they even sat three people who were behind us even when we had been waiting over 40 minutes. The forks had gluey goo over it and it took over 10 minutes to get water and coffee. The

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The food was decent but the wait was horrible and they even sat three people who were behind us even when we had been waiting over 40 minutes. The forks had gluey goo over it and it took over 10 minutes to get water and coffee. The

Pros: Some hot women eat here

Cons: Service

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The food here is great and the staff is very friendly, however they seem overworked and under appreciated. I've been to Babalu many times now, sometimes eating in and sometimes picking up to go orders and everytime ive always been

3
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The food here is great and the staff is very friendly, however they seem overworked and under appreciated. I've been to Babalu many times now, sometimes eating in and sometimes picking up to go orders and everytime ive always been

Pros: food, desert, their salad dressing, serving staff

Cons: offensive manager

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I really liked this place, great and healthy food and amazing desserts. Afterwards you can go shopping on Montana too!

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I really liked this place, great and healthy food and amazing desserts. Afterwards you can go shopping on Montana too!

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Decided to check out Babalu with some friends last Wed night. Had a great time, even though the place was a little chaotic. Food rocked, and so did their staff. Men, leave your dates at home. Every one of the girls that was working

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Decided to check out Babalu with some friends last Wed night. Had a great time, even though the place was a little chaotic. Food rocked, and so did their staff. Men, leave your dates at home. Every one of the girls that was working

Pros: SMOKING HOT STAFF, great grub

Cons: lots of people in a tiny area

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My buddy and I arrived a few minutes before noon to beat the crowd. Even so, it took 15 minutes just to get water. Their menus were interesting if not oddly limited, considering the number of choices availble. My chickenw was a touch dry

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My buddy and I arrived a few minutes before noon to beat the crowd. Even so, it took 15 minutes just to get water. Their menus were interesting if not oddly limited, considering the number of choices availble. My chickenw was a touch dry

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My boyfriend and I went to Babalu's on a Wednesday night. Clearly, Bablalu's suffers from delusion of grandeur since they insisted on sitting us at a tiny table that was in the middle of the walkway and practically next to the cash

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My boyfriend and I went to Babalu's on a Wednesday night. Clearly, Bablalu's suffers from delusion of grandeur since they insisted on sitting us at a tiny table that was in the middle of the walkway and practically next to the cash

Cons: Dumb seating policy

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Just moved here from back east and found this little spot. Now am a regular...the staff is so down -to-earth! Sat at the counter first time in and had a great chat with the GM...and when my parents came to visit she bought them drinks

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Just moved here from back east and found this little spot. Now am a regular...the staff is so down -to-earth! Sat at the counter first time in and had a great chat with the GM...and when my parents came to visit she bought them drinks

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Babalu is one of my favorite restaurants, however recent dining experiences have been ruined by the blonde-haired female restaurant manager. On all of my recent visits she has been yelling loudly at other employees, making rude comments to

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Babalu is one of my favorite restaurants, however recent dining experiences have been ruined by the blonde-haired female restaurant manager. On all of my recent visits she has been yelling loudly at other employees, making rude comments to

Pros: Good food, nice staff except manager

Cons: Terrible Restaurant manager, long seating wait on weekends and during lunch

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Since its reopening last year, Babalu has been pretty disappointing. The food is lower quality and spotty at best, yet the prices are higher. The service is terrible--slow. forgetful and generally annoyed. Waits are 60 minutes when

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Since its reopening last year, Babalu has been pretty disappointing. The food is lower quality and spotty at best, yet the prices are higher. The service is terrible--slow. forgetful and generally annoyed. Waits are 60 minutes when

Pros: Pies, Breakfast

Cons: Any other food, service, anything with vegetables

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The food is tremendous at Babalu. The turkey burger was juicy. Pasta was excellent. Calamari - perfect. I only wish I had enough patience to try their desserts (they LOOK fabulous), but herein lies the rub:\r
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The only lacking quality

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The food is tremendous at Babalu. The turkey burger was juicy. Pasta was excellent. Calamari - perfect. I only wish I had enough patience to try their desserts (they LOOK fabulous), but herein lies the rub:\r
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The only lacking quality

Pros: Fantastic food

Cons: Can take a while to actually sit and eat the fantastic food

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I went to Babalu with three friends, and if I didn't have them to entertain me, the wait to be seated and to get our food would have been intolerable. The staff seems overworked and disorganized even though the restaurant itself is tiny.

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I went to Babalu with three friends, and if I didn't have them to entertain me, the wait to be seated and to get our food would have been intolerable. The staff seems overworked and disorganized even though the restaurant itself is tiny.

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Looks good, tastes good, but it's not enjoyable or worth it because of the bad customer service. It's over crowded and we waited longer that we were told. We had to wait a long time to order and to get our food. Lunch on a Saturday took

3
★★★★★

Looks good, tastes good, but it's not enjoyable or worth it because of the bad customer service. It's over crowded and we waited longer that we were told. We had to wait a long time to order and to get our food. Lunch on a Saturday took

Pros: good food, good location

Cons: bad service, bad managment, parking

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Great, tasty, original food. Our party of 3 was told that we'd have a 15 min. wait. Instead, we got seated 30mins later. Our waiter seemed to have too many tables and didn't get our drink and food order for another 10-15 minutes later.

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Great, tasty, original food. Our party of 3 was told that we'd have a 15 min. wait. Instead, we got seated 30mins later. Our waiter seemed to have too many tables and didn't get our drink and food order for another 10-15 minutes later.

Pros: fresh, tasty food

Cons: Poor customer service

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I ended up getting the Chicken farfalla and the sauce was delish although the chicken was a little overcooked and thus a little tough...

mi novia got the Halibut (wrapped in a banana leaf w/ coconut sauce) which was wondeful!

get an

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I ended up getting the Chicken farfalla and the sauce was delish although the chicken was a little overcooked and thus a little tough...

mi novia got the Halibut (wrapped in a banana leaf w/ coconut sauce) which was wondeful!

get an

Pros: clean, atmosphere, speed service seated

Cons: wait, small

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The service was lovely, but I was disappointed by the food--I got the halibut roasted with curry sauce in a banana leaf, but the fish was waaaay overcooked and dried out--not worth $22. They have a lengthy dessert list, and a piece of

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The service was lovely, but I was disappointed by the food--I got the halibut roasted with curry sauce in a banana leaf, but the fish was waaaay overcooked and dried out--not worth $22. They have a lengthy dessert list, and a piece of

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The food was nicely flavorful and the desserts were rich and enormous. When it's crowded, it's a bit too cramped. With the right table however, it provides an excellent cafe experience. It's a place that would lose it's charm if it got

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The food was nicely flavorful and the desserts were rich and enormous. When it's crowded, it's a bit too cramped. With the right table however, it provides an excellent cafe experience. It's a place that would lose it's charm if it got

Pros: food , desserts, location

Cons: parking, cramped

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We were on Montana last Saturday and walk by Babalu. I had read good things about it, so we decided to have lunch. I was disappointed. The salads we eat had less than fresh vegatables so to speak. And the bread on our sandwiches was not

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★★★★★

We were on Montana last Saturday and walk by Babalu. I had read good things about it, so we decided to have lunch. I was disappointed. The salads we eat had less than fresh vegatables so to speak. And the bread on our sandwiches was not

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We went here for brunch but ended up ordering lunch items, all of which were great! also tried the muffins which were amazing. I'd recommend getting there early as the lines were long and the restaurant is small.

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We went here for brunch but ended up ordering lunch items, all of which were great! also tried the muffins which were amazing. I'd recommend getting there early as the lines were long and the restaurant is small.

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After reading the reviews on this site, I've decided to try this place. It's quite small (seats about 20-25), but there's always some people waiting. The place has a warm ambiance plus sufficient staff members to keep you at the center of

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After reading the reviews on this site, I've decided to try this place. It's quite small (seats about 20-25), but there's always some people waiting. The place has a warm ambiance plus sufficient staff members to keep you at the center of

Pros: Homemade food, Awesome desserts, Friendly staff

Cons: Tough to find parking, Very small restaurant, Limited menu

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Have the southwestern eggs benedict, it is to die for! No reservations needed. Go early to beat the rush. Great people for People watching on Montana Ave.

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Have the southwestern eggs benedict, it is to die for! No reservations needed. Go early to beat the rush. Great people for People watching on Montana Ave.

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Favorite restaurant in Santa Monica. I eat everywhere: $2 taco stands to $100/person snob-joints. Babalu has the best once-a-week fancy kitchen in Santa Monica. Get the fish specials, a beer and save room for dessert. Order the fried

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Favorite restaurant in Santa Monica. I eat everywhere: $2 taco stands to $100/person snob-joints. Babalu has the best once-a-week fancy kitchen in Santa Monica. Get the fish specials, a beer and save room for dessert. Order the fried

Pros: Fish specials, Dessert

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As far as I'm concerned this is the best restaurant in Santa Monica. I bring all of my out of town friends here and they love it. The chicken stella is amazing (yummy corn cake in tamale and great veggies are bonuses), the specials are

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As far as I'm concerned this is the best restaurant in Santa Monica. I bring all of my out of town friends here and they love it. The chicken stella is amazing (yummy corn cake in tamale and great veggies are bonuses), the specials are

Pros: reasonable, good service, bright

Cons: small, loud

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Banana cream pie, mixed berry crumble, flourless chocolate cake, the list goes on and on.

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Banana cream pie, mixed berry crumble, flourless chocolate cake, the list goes on and on.

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Babalu is a great place to grab breakfast on the weekends. The daily specials are usually pretty tasty.

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Babalu is a great place to grab breakfast on the weekends. The daily specials are usually pretty tasty.

 

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