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SoMinn Food And Dining: Babe’s Music Bar

September 26, 2019

Co-owners Mike Tupa and Tom Tomaro took control of Babe’s Music Bar (Lakeville) in June, 2000. The management team consists of Rico Taghavi (kitchen manager), Bree Pashouwer, and Ken Gilbert. Though Babe’s has always been known as the area’s “hot spot” for meeting friends for a drink, or to catching a televised game, they also go to great lengths to bring their customers outstanding food.

Just a few of the scrumptious offerings at Babe’s: Quesadilla: grilled, herbed tortilla stuffed with a five-cheese blend; garnished with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeños, sour cream and salsa; Royal Burger: Wisconsin-aged cheddar, bacon, onion crisps, shredded lettuce, tomato, and Babe’s special burger sauce; Babe’s Family Pack To-Go: 8 pieces broasted chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, 4 bakery fresh rolls, and coleslaw; Chicken and Ribs: 2 pieces chicken and 1/2 rack (your choice of leg and wing, leg and thigh, breast and wing or breast and thigh); Signature French Dip: tender roast beef smothered in provolone cheese and topped with onion crisps, on grilled French bread. (served with sides of made-from-scratch horseradish sauce and warm au jus; Oven Toasted Turkey Hoagie: sliced turkey, swiss, tomato, onion and garlic butter on French bread, then oven toasted, finished with shredded lettuce, special house made hoagie dressing and mayo; You will also find great salads, great desserts, and a lot of choices on the kids menu. Babe’s features “Build-Your-Own Omelets” every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Babe’s Music Bar is a great place to catch a game on any of the wall-to-wall TVs, while enjoying an awesome Bloody Mary, concocted with Babe’s secret recipe mix. The venue is known for its fresh, never frozen black Angus burgers, that are pattied in-house; the slow-roasted BBQ ribs; and Babe’s delectable broasted chicken. They’ve also become famous for some of the area’s best food and drink specials. Babe’s is a neighborhood bar and grill that has been a staple in downtown Lakeville since 1988, and they have served-up reasonably priced scratch-made cuisine ever since. Boasting one of the biggest bars in the area, Babe’s has an extensive draft beer selection. Some of the metro’s best live music is found at Babe’s every Friday night; with DJs appearing on Saturdays, and guest talent from KDWB. Entertainment at Babe’s is top-notch. Find everything from pool to pinball; and if you are in the mood for wagering, they offer pull tabs and electronic gaming, which supports local youth hockey.

“We have historically been known for being the location where everyone meets. If you come to Babe’s and you’re from the area, you’re certain to connect with friends. We have also been a big supporter of the local community, and Babe’s is proud to be included in the center of fundraisers for those in need,” explained Tupa. Events are paramount at Babe’s. They host live music at Pan-O-Prog every summer. One of the most popular events is the day before Thanksgiving. It’s a big time for everyone who is in town to reconnect with old and new friends/acquaintances. Another overwhelming favorite is Babe’s Halloween Party. Friends from KDWB do all of the hosting, and a lucky ‘top-costume’ winner walks away with $1,000. March is extra special at the bar. St. Patrick’s Day features home-made corned beef and cabbage; and of course, Irish stew. Throw in the ever-exciting March Madness with Babe’s weekly Friday night fish fry; and the place is really hopping. It would behoove everyone to keep in close touch with Babe’s and all of their future changes that are in the plans. “We continually are striving to improve Babe’s, like updating the menu (broasted chicken was added) and tap beer system and towers (completed in 2018). Plans to upgrade the sound system for live music and our DJ nights; plus upgrading the decor and finishes inside the restaurant, will hopefully occur in 2019 and 2020,” Tomaro said. (20685 Holyoke Ave South, Lakeville); Open Every Day From 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. & Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.) (


By Pat Garry, Contributing Writer

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