Views from Heaven (on Seven)
Now before you get concerned, no I did not have a near-death experience. The name of the restaurant is Heaven on Seven. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I was fortunate enough to finally stop in for lunch at this restaurant after months of talking about it. Originally called the New Garland Coffee Shop, Heaven on Seven has been transporting the crowds to the Bayou since 1985. The Louisiana-Style food and the Mardi Gras theme will make you forget that you are in Chicago, even if only for a moment. There are a lot of menu items to choose from with new items constantly being added. I didn’t order the entire menu (it would’ve been fun to try though), but I now just have more of a reason to return!
I had an array of starters to choose from, but I wanted to start off simple since I had never been here before. I went with the Mississippi Fried Pickles with a White Remoulade Sauce. I opted for the traditional recipe, but it also comes in Nashville Hot. The pickles are fried up in seasoned cornmeal and served in an Cast Iron Skillet with the sauce. I appreciated the fact that the pickles maintained their crunch even after being cooked.
Mississippi Fried Pickles (Traditional w/ White Remoulade Sauce)
Next, I tried the Etouffee of the Day. (Server Secret: The best day for etouffee is on Friday) While the choices change daily, I feel like I got the best option! The etouffee was packed with shrimp, andouille sausage, crawfish, Cajun spices and the holy trinity mix of veggies. It was essentially Mardi Gras on a plate! (Tip: The Cheddar Jalapeno Corn Muffin goes great with the Etouffee)
Etouffee of the Day
At this point I’m closing in on being full, but I chose to have the Surf and Turf Po’Boy to round out my meal (and my belly)! There was a nice portion of Fried Shrimp and Beef Debris (Tender Beef cooked in its own juices) in the sandwich topped with lettuce, tomato and pickles. In addition to the Po’Boy you get a side of Coleslaw, and your choice of Soup, Salad or Gumbo. While the Po’Boy was good, the beef debris was a blessing and a curse for the bread as the juice made it a little soggy.
Surf and Turf Po’Boy
If you are looking for a fun atmosphere, great food, and some down home Southern Hospitality, Heaven on Seven should certainly be one of the places on your must-visit list! With Mardi Gras around the corner, its sure to be the place to party if you can’t make it to New Orleans!
111 N. Wabash – 7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602