Just a stone throw away from Girl & the Goat, this is not your average diner. Here your comfort food goes a little crazy. This place can stand alone -out of the shadow of its mothership- despite its proximity.
The Place: Little Goat; 820 W Randolph Chicago, IL
Don’t be fooled by the interior of this place. Little Goat Diner is not your average diner. You won’t find sloppy joe, ice cream sundaes or apple pie on the menu…well at least not the kinds you are use to. Little Goat is Girl & the Goat’s more accessible child with typical diner hours. 7:00AM until 2:00AM. Literally across the street from Dragonfly (Chinese restaurant turned club at night), I wonder what the crowd looks like in the wee weekend hours. Don’t confuse Little Goat with your late night Wrigley taco joint that is oh-so-satisfying only when you are in an altered state. Little Goat earned the honor of being one of Bon Appetite’s Top 5 Hottest Restaurant Openings in 2012.
Little Goat sticks to diner tradition and serves breakfast all day. Nothing is off limits here they serve Breakfast Spaghetti and Clams which includes eggs, parmesan, guanciale and bok choy. Before you turn up your nose to the idea, try it. Stephanie, the mastermind behind it all, seems to get everything right -even when it sounds wrong. For the less adventurous, the menu includes dark chocolate chip pancakes and pork belly benedict. But really, this is not the place to be a chicken.
The food is all fantastic. The sloppy joe is made with goat and has a rosemary slaw on top. You can get burgers many different ways including wing style (which I highly recommend), Korean or Loco Moco. After you choose your style of burger, you can choose your patty. Your options include a regular beef patty, goat (obviously) and veggie. The goat is really good, especially on the wing burger.
Save room for dessert and if you don’t, your stomach will make room. Trust me; it’s science. Next time, I will be trying the apple pie! The Choco Toco sundae was really good. It had some kind of chocolate truffle ice cream and sour cream ice cream. Again, don’t freak out. It is like vanilla ice cream but cooler. Just trust Steph!
Some things to consider: Little Goat can get busy! So if you go during peak hours, be prepared to wait. It is totally worth the wait though. I went on a random weeknight and didn’t have to wait, but it was still pretty busy. They have a separate brunch menu, which I am so excited to go back for! Don’t bring your picky-eater-friends. They will be hungry and you will be annoyed. Take your cool-foodie-friends or friends that live in New York and think nothing comes close to eating in NYC. Also, next to the diner is Little Goat Bread which is Steph’s spin on a coffee shop. Stay tuned for that post.
For more information: http://littlegoatchicago.com/ Even the website is really cool, so check it out.
Enjoy your diner food out of the box!