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Justin Devillier Talks Balise & A Look Inside

Justin Devillier, well known for his work at the Uptown restaurant La Petite Grocery, just opened a new restaurant in the Warehouse District called Balise, a seductively elegant two-story bar and parlour open for lunch, dinner, and drinks. The restaurant places an emphasis on cold small plates, prepared in an open garde manger kitchen, as well as other small and larger plates of creative food, and superb cocktails from New York City’s Maison Premiere alum Jesse Carr.

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Balise by Justin Devillier: A new restaurant to try in New Orleans

Melted gruyere caps the baked rigatoni at Balise. Dig in, and you’ll find the pasta in a beef cheek ragout with flavor as deep as a bowl of pho. This is food for a cold day — or to chase a cold away. From the first bite, it already tastes familiar.

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America’s Best Cities for Foodies

As a testament to the eclectic charm of the Crescent City, New Orleans won the survey for both fine dining and sandwiches. The former is embodied in grand dames like Brennan’s—the recently renovated birthplace of Bananas Foster—and newer spots like seafood-rich Balise (headed by Chef Justin Devillier of Le Petit Grocery), located in the city’s oldest French settlement. To fully appreciate the city’s most noteworthy sandwich, the po’ boy, try the roast beef and shrimp on French bread at Parkway Bakery & Tavern, or the glazed Pork Belly Poboy at Killer Poboys, located in the back of Erin Rose Bar, just off Bourbon Street. New Orleans also won the survey for festivals (often, just another chance to eat), like the Creole Tomato Festival and the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival.

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Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery has the instincts to thrive

How does a chef pull off a year like the one Justin Devillier has had?

Devillier, 32, was cast on Bravo’s “Top Chef: New Orleans.” He didn’t walk away the winner, but Devillier’s charm, the kind that no doubt in his youth won over many a date’s wary father, grew his flock of fans. For the third year in a row, he was nominated for the James Beard award for the Best Chef South.

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Justin Devillier Gets Down To Business With Balise

Justin Devillier and his wife and business partner Mia are in the midst of renovating a historic building in the Central Business District to open a new restaurant there. Devillier says that it should be opening before the end of the year, but was justifiably hesitant to be more specific than that. As one of New Orleans’ most anticipated openings, Eater tracked down the busy chef, catching him right after returning from vacation.

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Justin Devillier's New Restaurant Will Be Called Balise

La Petite Grocery owners Justin and Mia Devillier’s highly-anticipated second restaurant— which takes over the former Ditcharo’s space later this fall— is to be called Balise, Todd A. Price reports this week: “The name, Balise, comes from a French term for water markers used for navigation.”

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