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Cajun-in-a-coffee shop, Jimmy Bannos's original no-frills Loop location. Cash only.

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Step off the elevator and get in line: this original Cajun restaurant, one of the first in town, is hidden in a seventh-floor coffee shop in the Garland Building in the heart of the Loop. Open just 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM, it attracts a steady stream of fans who line up in the corridor and sometimes wait as long as 45 minutes for chef-owner Jimmy Bannos Sr.'s lively, authentic food: consistently good jambalaya, gumbo, and po’boys, plus daily etouffees, pastas, and more. Diners can spice up dishes at will with the ubiquitous bottles of hot sauce. For more regular dinner service, check out the restaurant's spin-off location at 600 N. Michigan (entrance at Rush and Ohio).

Laura Levy Shatkin

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