Babblin' Babs Bistro

★★★★☆

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Babblin?? Babs is a remarkable place! If you are a ??foodie?, or simply want something extra-ordinary you owe it to yourself to try it. (If you sort-of-like Denny??s, this isn??t for you, go someplace other than Bab??s)

Thanks to positive reviews, my wife and I had the opportunity to land at Babblin?? Bab??s shortly after landing at SEA. What a find! We were not prepared for the quality and innovativeness that Chef William puts on a plate. His food is fresh, well presented and VERY, VERY creative. Egg dishes are all served souffl-style (if you are really hungry, ask for two portions).

My wife had salmon cakes and I had an egg and sausage dish. Both were superb. Candidly, if you were in a ??fancy? restaurant, and paid $40 for the entry, you would still rave about it. I think that the dishes were well-priced at $11-16 per entre.

The restaurant is homey and attractive, seats about 20 and is unpretentious. There was a steady stream of folks entering about the time we were there (Saturday around noon). While there, the two couples on either side of our table found we had a similarly positive reaction to our meals and shared our ??likes? with each other before leaving!

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★★★★★

Babblin?? Babs is a remarkable place! If you are a ??foodie?, or simply want something extra-ordinary you owe it to yourself to try it. (If you sort-of-like Denny??s, this isn??t for you, go someplace other than Bab??s)

Thanks to positive reviews, my wife and I had the opportunity to land at Babblin?? Bab??s shortly after landing at SEA. What a find! We were not prepared for the quality and innovativeness that Chef William puts on a plate. His food is fresh, well presented and VERY, VERY creative. Egg dishes are all served souffl-style (if you are really hungry, ask for two portions).

My wife had salmon cakes and I had an egg and sausage dish. Both were superb. Candidly, if you were in a ??fancy? restaurant, and paid $40 for the entry, you would still rave about it. I think that the dishes were well-priced at $11-16 per entre.

The restaurant is homey and attractive, seats about 20 and is unpretentious. There was a steady stream of folks entering about the time we were there (Saturday around noon). While there, the two couples on either side of our table found we had a similarly positive reaction to our meals and shared our ??likes? with each other before leaving!

Pros: truly unique menu β?? you wonβ??t experience this anywhere else.

Cons: limited hours, very casual

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I strongly disagree with the previous post. (I agree he/she had a bad experience, but that experience may be limited to just him/her). It almost kept me from going! But I'm glad I visited just the same.

I just moved to the area and have been trying to find a place as good as Five Spot or Endolyne Joes in Seattle. For a month I only found greasy-spoon places. But Babblin Bab's far exceeded my expectation. Sad thing is that it was right under my nose. The name makes it sound homey and dull (but maybe that's what the owner wants? Otherwise he would be too busy?) The atmosphere is very nice. The room seats probably no more than 20-30 people. Maybe 8 tables total. Breakfast was exotic, unique fare. I had the crabcake breakfast (yes, crab cakes for breakfast, along with fruit, tasty fried potato thing). My wife got a really good eggs benedict sandwich. I recall they also had a really good looking vanilla waffle. I'm getting that next time.

Bottom line: if you're in Tacoma trying to find a really good (high quality) breakfast place, definitely check out Babblin Babs.

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★★★★★

I strongly disagree with the previous post. (I agree he/she had a bad experience, but that experience may be limited to just him/her). It almost kept me from going! But I'm glad I visited just the same.

I just moved to the area and have been trying to find a place as good as Five Spot or Endolyne Joes in Seattle. For a month I only found greasy-spoon places. But Babblin Bab's far exceeded my expectation. Sad thing is that it was right under my nose. The name makes it sound homey and dull (but maybe that's what the owner wants? Otherwise he would be too busy?) The atmosphere is very nice. The room seats probably no more than 20-30 people. Maybe 8 tables total. Breakfast was exotic, unique fare. I had the crabcake breakfast (yes, crab cakes for breakfast, along with fruit, tasty fried potato thing). My wife got a really good eggs benedict sandwich. I recall they also had a really good looking vanilla waffle. I'm getting that next time.

Bottom line: if you're in Tacoma trying to find a really good (high quality) breakfast place, definitely check out Babblin Babs.

Pros: Breakfast, parking

Cons: Limited seating, Breakfast only on weekends

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I was so excited to go to this restaurant after seeing the reviews, the write up in the paper, and hearing that the chef was an "artist of food" and how utterly dissapointed I was today! This busy bistro lacks the backbone to carry their hefty prices, complete lack of service or class, unfriendly staff and ridiculous portion sizes.
Upon our arrival the chef (who was also our server) sat us without speaking to us, did not bring water even until we asked four times, and was rather aloof. I'm not sure if this was his intended persona (ie: pretentious, holier-than-thou, "upscale") or if he just lacks all ability to connect with people. Either way, it was an IMMEDIATE turn off. He took our order, again without speaking to us, did not return after bringing the meal, did not refill our water, offer us additional drinks (we ordered soda) or dessert.
The "meals" were between 15.00-17.00 each. The reason I use quotes is because what we ordered were FAR from a meal. The sandwiches (it was not clear what anything was on the menu - which came off to me, after seeing what the food actually was, as COMPLETELY pretentious!) were smaller than a dollar bill (long and wide) and granted it was stacked high (approx 4") but it certainly was NOT 15.00 worth in my mind! There was a tiny (1 ounce) side of a cold rice & corn salad. The portions were ridiculous!
The owners 4+/- year old child was at the bistro as well and while I absolutely adore children (have one of my own!) this child was obviously bored to tears, crawling around on the floor "hissing" like a snake to patrons, crawling under the OCCUPIED tables of patrons, and touching the legs of patrons. I feel horrible that this child was held up, required to entertain himself but it's completely inappropriate for the adults to allow this!
The food was good. The chef does know how to throw together great flavors but the the total experience not only makes me a ONE TIME visitor but gives this bistro an "F MINUS!"

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★☆☆☆☆

I was so excited to go to this restaurant after seeing the reviews, the write up in the paper, and hearing that the chef was an "artist of food" and how utterly dissapointed I was today! This busy bistro lacks the backbone to carry their hefty prices, complete lack of service or class, unfriendly staff and ridiculous portion sizes.
Upon our arrival the chef (who was also our server) sat us without speaking to us, did not bring water even until we asked four times, and was rather aloof. I'm not sure if this was his intended persona (ie: pretentious, holier-than-thou, "upscale") or if he just lacks all ability to connect with people. Either way, it was an IMMEDIATE turn off. He took our order, again without speaking to us, did not return after bringing the meal, did not refill our water, offer us additional drinks (we ordered soda) or dessert.
The "meals" were between 15.00-17.00 each. The reason I use quotes is because what we ordered were FAR from a meal. The sandwiches (it was not clear what anything was on the menu - which came off to me, after seeing what the food actually was, as COMPLETELY pretentious!) were smaller than a dollar bill (long and wide) and granted it was stacked high (approx 4") but it certainly was NOT 15.00 worth in my mind! There was a tiny (1 ounce) side of a cold rice & corn salad. The portions were ridiculous!
The owners 4+/- year old child was at the bistro as well and while I absolutely adore children (have one of my own!) this child was obviously bored to tears, crawling around on the floor "hissing" like a snake to patrons, crawling under the OCCUPIED tables of patrons, and touching the legs of patrons. I feel horrible that this child was held up, required to entertain himself but it's completely inappropriate for the adults to allow this!
The food was good. The chef does know how to throw together great flavors but the the total experience not only makes me a ONE TIME visitor but gives this bistro an "F MINUS!"

Pros: Good flavors

Cons: Service, busy, unfriendly, unprofessional, small portions, expensive for what you get

 

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