My family and I were strolling up Montana Ave. from 9th St. when we saw a bright and colorful bamboo shack; the name on top of the front door “Babalu” intrigued us since the word “Babalu” in our native language translated to “long chin.” The kind of word that you wouldn’t want anywhere in your College year book profile.
As we walked in, we were surprised to find a cute restaurant serving Carribean and Asian cuisine as well as several desserts (cakes, pies, cookies, muffins and more). For anyone out there who’s planning to swing by this wonderful restaurant, here are some things to know:
- Chef “Chico” Hernandez suggests the Pasta Antigua or the delicious Crab Cakes, Fresh Seafood and extraordinary specials.
- There are many luscious award winning deserts, voted “Best of LA”, made on the premises by pastry chef Vladas Ceika.
- Open 7 Days, Lunch and Dinner 11:30am – 11pm Saturday & Sunday Brunch 8am – 3pm. Beer and wine.
When we went, we ordered the yam fries, scallops and Angel hair pasta and Buccatini with shrimp and leeks pasta. The pasta was fabulous; simple and tasty, just the way we liked it. My wife and I had to dip into each other’s plates just to try each other’s order. My kid loved the yam fries; we sampled his order too. Both my wife and I were hooked.
Now, every time my wife and I pass along Montana Ave. Babalu comes to mind all the time. For us, that name is just too easy to remember. Anyone care for a “long chin” gastronomic experience? What are your favorite places to dine on Montana Avenue? Please share your experiences and leave your comments below.