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As much as we all love Northwest cuisine and supporting all things local, it’s fun to escape to other regions to taste a different way of cooking. The addition of Toulouse Petit brings a little New Orleans-inspired spice and attitude to Lower Queen Anne.

Before Toulouse Petit opened in November, a stack of highchairs visible in the window tipped us that this place would be “family-friendly.” Indeed, during a recent visit, the host accommodated this mom by bringing a highchair and then offering to park the stroller out of the way.

Toulouse Petit is owned by Brian Hutmacher, who also runs Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge next door. Heading up the kitchen is Eric Donnelly, who was the chef at the now shuttered Oceanaire Seafood Room. You can eat your way through New Orleans starting with Cajun boudin blanc and po’ boys to blackened redfish and jambalaya. And through the end of January, the breakfast happy hour from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekdays is a steal. All but a few items on the breakfast menu are $5. The grilled steak and eggs is one of the exceptions at $10 instead of the usual $18. The regular daily happy hour runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight (good for date night). Food items range from $4 to $7 and include everything from pâté to spicy fried alligator, and the cocktail list will help you let the good times roll.

—Hsiao-Ching Chou