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Balise is 'A Welcome Addition to the Neighborhood'

Gambit's Helen Freund weighs in on the new, more casual La Petite Grocery sibling.


This week Gambit's Helen Freund takes on Balise, the new CBD hot spot from La Petite Grocery chef Justin Devillier: Though "less elegant" than its Uptown sibling, "The restaurant's attention to detail touches everything from small shared plates to a list of expertly crafted cocktails." Menu standouts include venison tartare "topped with buttery rye breadcrumbs" in place of crostini and baked rigatoni with "a dark, velvety ragout of beef cheeks;" for bar snacks, opt for pickled quail eggs and "blistered shishito peppers [that] are topped with rich, bacon breadcrumbs and soft cream cheese." A caveat: "Although friendly, service can be a bit harried and could use some finesse."

Overall, Freund says "Balise appears poised to usher in a new breed of restaurants," seeming to echo Ian McNulty's recent sentiment that Devillier's new spot "answers the growing expectation that high-aiming, compulsively interesting cuisine should be available on more casual terms."


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