Wednesday night, I tagged along with the Ghosts of Kelso as they had a gig at a new restaurant in the Coachella Valley, Babaloo.
For years the building that Babaloo is now in, was empty waiting for someone to breathe life back into that space. I was not sure of what to expect when I walked as I knew it used to be an Elephant Bar. I am not sure if they kept the fans from the previous occupants but I do remember those same kind of ceiling fans when I had been to the Elephant Bar in Burbank back in early 2000s.
Hubby and I got there early so I could sample some of their appetizers. I ordered tostones, Cuban Fritas sliders and rib eye tacos. I can tell you this, it was all good. I took no pictures of the food. The tostones (twice fried, smashed and breaded plantains) were the largest I have eaten and so light tasting that they paired well with the garlic mojo sauce. I refrained from drinking the sauce! Also the chili verde salsa that came with the tacos was pretty amazing and bright, I almost asked for a pint to go. By the way, the staff was super charming and helpful. I never felt alone once while I was in the restaurant and even when I sat in the patio for a few sets. While I was sitting outside, I spoke with a young server and we chatted about cooking and his love of it. I encouraged him to pursue the profession if it is really something he enjoys. You know how that saying goes about work not being work when you are doing what you love.
As I mentioned, there is a patio next to where the band was playing and I chose to sit out there for a couple of sets. If you ever stop into the restaurant, do check it out and watch out for the alligator!
The Ghosts played four rocking sets that night. It was nice to see some familiar faces. One face was from a gal I have seen many times before at Country Night in the Lit Lounge, Jenny. Her and I met a few years ago when I had first started going to Country Night to take photos and watch the bands. I told her that I have been learning the line dances by watching Youtube so I can blend in on the floor (maybe to sneak a few photos). She smiled and then mentioned a Wednesday night line dance class that I want to check out and soon!
The guys played many rock classics to a lively crowd. There were even a few dancers!
During their last set, I took a seat at the bar so that I could watch the end of the Clipper-Mav game. By the way, if you are looking for a place to watch sports and eat tasty food, this is a great place, just sayin’. I ordered a craft beer that was tasty and made with tangerines. The bartender and I chatted for a few minutes about life and such and I felt so at home there and comfortable. It made me miss my restaurant and bar days and all the little things that it took to work in a restaurant. All the employees that I met that night seemed like they enjoyed their jobs. You know happy employees -happy business environment. I hadn’t asked for permission to take photos of the staff so I refrained. Maybe next time we are there as I hear that the Ghosts will be back there very soon.
It was a great night and so needed. The pandemic changed many things but it only increased my love of going out to a restaurant and appreciating everything that goes on behind the scenes. I can honestly highly recommend this restaurant if you live in the Coachella Valley or are visiting.
To you dear reader, thank you for stopping by the blog! May your weekend be full of happy surprises and great food! Hugs to you and you and YOU!
The Ghost of Kelso are a four piece, classic rock band from the Coachella Valley. You can follow them on IG @ghostsofkelso or on their Facebook page: Ghosts of Kelso
Babaloo is a Cuban and Peruvian Gastro Pub located in Palm Desert, CA
Palm Desert, CA 92260