CHICAGO | The West Loop is arguably one Chicago’s best neighborhoods for dining out. Stephanie Izard, former Top Chef winner is one of the reasons why West Randolph Avenue has been dubbed “restaurant row” in recent years. It seems that everything Izard touches to turns to gold. After great success with Girl & the Goat, Izard and the BOKA Restaurant Group opened a neighboring restaurant offering classic diner fare – Little Goat Diner.
The dinner menu offers something for everyone. Traditional supper club dishes – you got it. Breakfast for dinner? No problem. From salads to burgers, Little Goat is a great choice if you are trying to please a diverse palate group. Our comfortable booth seat was the perfect way to enjoy absolutely delicious comfort fare.
We went to Little Goat for dinner but were tempted to enjoy one of the “cereal killers” – breakfast options served all day. We opted for one of the Sammies – Los Drowned which contains braised beef, Havarti, avocado, pickled peppers & onions, spicy mayo served on a hoagie ($14) and served with its delicious au jus. We couldn’t resist a side of Mac & Cheese ($9) either. It was one of best we’ve tried in the city. We felt completed satisfied after enjoying the Pork Scallopini ($23) served with mashed potato, pickled corn relish, and bacon. Unfortunately, we didn’t save enough room for one of the diet busting desserts. Next time, we definitely want to smoked pork & toffee crunch ($8) or a choco taco sundae ($8).
Our only complaint of the night was feeling a bit cheated on the wine mark up. We enjoyed a bottle of Mano a mano which is great value in the supermarket for $9 but makes you feel a bit cheated at $35 in the restaurant. Next time, we will enjoy a cocktail or save the calories for a Malt.
In you are looking for a lunch option in the West Loop, check out Little Goat Bread for delicious prepared sandwiches and Stumptown coffee. In fact coffee lovers may have heard the legend that without Little Goats there would be no coffee. An Ethiopian legend maintains that a goat herder discovered the magical powers of coffee after seeing one of his animals perk up after eating the berry of a coffee plant.
Just like Izard’s other Chicago establishments, reservations are hard to come by so we suggest booking ahead on Open Table. However, just as in policy in the other restaurants in the Goat empire Little Goat always holds a few tables for walk-ins. If you are looking for a unique space for a dinner party or a beer tasting, the roof of Little Goat is available for private dining.
Little Goat Diner
820 W Randolph Street
Sun – Thu: 7:00am to 10:00pm
Fri – Sat: 7:00am to 12:00am