Baked rigatoni features beef cheek ragout, shiitake mushrooms and fontal cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Named for the first French settlement at Southwest Pass, Balise (French for "seamark") is housed in a Creole townhouse with warm natural wood floors and exposed brick walls. Bar bites during weekday happy hours include raw and roasted oysters, chicken liver mousse and biscuits and pickled quail eggs for $1-$7. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.