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The Balcony brings New Orleans vibe to downtown Fort Lauderdale


The Balcony

1309 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 754-200-6344,

The owners of Bokamper’s Sports Bar and Grill have unveiled this New Orleans-themed retreat with rooftop dining in the former Whiskey Jack’s.

“We felt we could create the liveliness, culture and experiences that such a diverse and exciting city like New Orleans brings to its guests,” says co-owner Kim Bokamper, former Miami Dolphins football player. “Our building lends itself to the look, feel and atmosphere of a New Orleans restaurant.”

A complimentary sparkling wine toast leads to signatures such as fried green tomatoes ($12), Natchitoches beef pies ($16), Southern confit duck Cobb salad ($18), alligator-shrimp jambalaya ($22) and crawfish etouffee ($23).

Banana Fosters is flambéed on a cart tableside ($12).

Bourbon laces the Sazerac ($15), Viuex Carre ($15) and milk punch ($16).

The first floor with an open-air feel, pressed-tin ceiling combined with brick arches, red seating and dark-wood trim calls for sophisticated dining, while the large upstairs bar and lounge with misters and a louvered roof exudes a club vibe. Up front, hanging baskets of ferns and another bar line the wrought-iron balcony.

Musicians and DJs entertain Thursday through Saturday nights, plus during the Sunday a la carte jazz brunch.

Lunch and dinner are served daily. Saturdays feature a crawfish boil for $19.

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