The “seven” in Heaven on Seven is a clue to its location, tucked away on the seventh floor of an office building/movie theater. The walls at this loud breakfast/lunch spot are covered in Mardi Gras/Big Easy decor and an impressive collection of hot sauces, and that theme carries over to the giant servings of packed-with-flavor New Orleans food, like the red beans and rice, Hoppin’ John, po’ boys, and jambalaya. Breakfast items run the gamut from standard diner fare (pancakes, eggs, omelets) to born-on-the-bayou specialties, like shrimp and grits and bananas Foster French toast. Their chocolate peanut butter pie is so good, if you try it, you risk ruining all other peanut butter pies.

Looking for a Cajun dinner? On the third Friday of every month, the original location serves it up. Or there’s a second downtown location just off the Mag Mile at 600 N. Michigan Ave. ([tel] 312/280-7774; they accept reservations and take credit cards). Both spots are good choices for families, and you’ll see a number of kids there.