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Justin Devellier’s Balise restaurant now open in New Orleans’ Warehouse District 

  Balise (640 Carondelet St., 504-459-4449; — the highly anticipated second restaurant from La Petite Grocery's (4238 Magazine St., 504-891-3377; Justin and Mia DeVillier — opened its doors Feb. 4. Located in the former home of Ditcharo's, the restaurant's rustic wood, exposed brick and antique metal design create a sophisticated, vaguely nautical ambience — balise is French for "beacon."

  The cocktail menu seems appropriately seafaring, with drams, syrups and shrubs (including an apple cider spiced version). The Ribico combines gin, Cappelletti (a wine-based aperitif), sweet vermouth, orange, lemon, Demerara sugar and sea salt for a salty-sweet punch.

  The menu's garde manger section features cold dishes such as lobster cocktail, potted quail and venison tartare, and the entremets (French for "between servings") are some of the most interesting offerings on the menu. They range from "oyster fries" and dirty rice dumplings to blue crab claw with spicy ginger and lemon grass butter.

  Balise is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.


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