New Orleans is a city shaped by its geography. Located at the mouth of the Mississippi River, the city was a constant bustle of fishermen and hunters that produced generations of ethnically diverse cuisine.
“Balise” means “seamark” in French. Named after a lighthouse, La Balise was a French settlement at the mouth of the Mississippi River at the turn of the 18th century. Balise is a restaurant that celebrates the history, culture and cuisine of said settlement.
“This restaurant is definitely supposed to look and feel like a fishing camp,” says Thom, the Floor Manager at Balise. “And since this building used to be a Creole cottage, it has that rustic feel.”
The front of the house features a large bar area and a handful of tables. The back dining area is especially unique.
“This area is inside now, but it used to be a courtyard,” says Thom. “Most Creole cottages had lots of outdoor space.”
Balise doesn’t rely solely on aesthetics to tie the story together. The menu is packed full of rustic classics that take advantage of the regional harvest, game and seafood.
The Chicken Liver Mousse & Biscuits comes with three huge homemade biscuits with chicken liver mousse and seasonal preserves — there will definitely be some ‘rock, paper, scissors’ to see who gets the last biscuit.
For a perfect New Orleans bite, the Gulf Shrimp Pan Roast is a feast for every sense. The vibrant red chili & garlic butter surrounds the shrimp and contrasts with the sopping toast (because we know you ate all of the biscuits already).
The bar at Balise is first and foremost a craft cocktail bar, so consider trying one of its regionally inspired tipples to enhance your experience.
History never tasted so good.