A little bit of the bayou on Smithville Lake

Pull Quote: Do you know what it means to miss new orleans

When that’s where you left your heart

And there’s one thing more i miss the one i care for

More more than i miss new orleans

Louis Armstrong may have growled those words back in the 50s, but many Kansas Citians understand just a bit of what he was saying. Chef Anita Moore certainly does, and her 10-month-old baby, Smithville’s Soiree New Orleans Bistro is a testament to that. Although born and raised in Kansas City, her roots are in the south, and after many visits back to Louisiana, she fell in love with the cuisine. Years later, Soiree was born. 

Soiree New Orleans Bistro could easily be classified as a ‘cajun’ or ‘creole’ joint, but that would be too pat of a descriptor. Moore has taken the classics–po’ boys, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and given them the respect they deserve and a little side of KC love when needed. If you’re looking for a freshly fried oyster, Soiree is the place, along with crawfish, frog legs, alligator and catfish, all available in the towering Soiree Bayou basket. Warning: do not attempt to eat this alone. It will defeat you. 

Don’t miss out on some of the standout dishes, located on the appetizer menu. The deep-fried deviled eggs are practically a meal on their own, filled with pimento cheese, deep fried and then topped with pulled pork, remoulade, and pickled onion. And for another hit of creole greatness, don’t miss the boudin balls. Although far from the traditional texture of boudin sausage, these fist-sized balls are comprised of pork shoulder boiled down with the holy trinity and jalapeno, then finely chopped and mixed with rice, then fried in crispy, crunchy cornmeal breading. The resulting dish is smoky, savory, and oh-so-indulgent, topped with spicy remoulade sauce. 

And don’t worry, dessert lovers. The dessert menu features everyone’s favorite beignets alongside a caramel dipping sauce, as well as other options like a sweet potato cheesecake parfait. You may not need to go back to New Orleans. Smithville is so much closer.