My husband and I took the train up to Chicago from NW Indiana for our second anniversary. We had three meals planned: two lunches and a dinner. As soon as we checked into our hotel, we hoofed it a few blocks over to Heaven on Seven (N. Mich. Ave location). This was my husband's choice for lunch. I have only heard a few mentions of this place on Chowhound, but I think we made a really great choice to eat here. This is what we had:
Drinks: Cajun Iced Tea for me: Wow! When they say "limit one" on the menu, they mean it. I'm not a very heavy drinker and after two sips, I was feeling this one. Tasty, too.
Mint Julep for him: Tasted like mint and whiskey. I've always wanted to try one, and after a couple sips of this drink, I don't feel like I need to try it again. This was quite strong, also
Apps: Fried oysters: This is what I came for. Being a seafood freak, and completely land-locked, I was really looking forward to these. Crispy cornmeal breading, not too think, rich and succulent inside, these were to die for. Accompanied by a spicy mayonaise-based sauce.
Cup of Turtle Soup: Husband ordered this just to say he had eaten turtle soup. The waitress offered to pour sherry over top, but we opted not to. This tasted like chili to me. The turtle meat had a consistency of ground beef. Pleasant, but I wouldn't order this.
Garlic Bread: This was to soak up all the alcohol that was quickly going to our heads. This was actually quite suprising. The bread was sliced into triangles, oiled, and grilled. It came with a smoky, spicy, tomato-based sauce to dip in. We dipped until the bowl was clean.
Entrees: Bowl of Gumbo: I'm a gumbo fan, and wanted to try HoS's version. This gumbo was brownish-green in color, and very thick. Lots of andouille sausage and chicken, but I was hoping for some shrimp in there, as well. Pretty spicy for me. I was full after only a few bites. It was really good back in our hotel room later that night.
Andouille Po'Boy: An andouille link with grilled onions on bread. Was pretty much what you'd expect. My husband liked it. The coleslaw was extra creamy, and a nice pairing with the spicy, crispy andouille.
Total bill: approx. 65 dollars. Not exactly cheap, but I think a big cost were our drinks. The waitress was pleasant enough, and the place was dead at 2pm. We really liked the hot sauce bottles on the wall. I think we'd go here again, but try not to spend so much.
Heaven on Seven
600 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611