How is it possible that we have never reviewed Little Goat Diner in the West Loop before? I had been to Little Goat Diner before for lunch with a friend, but never for brunch. Renowned chef Stephanie Izard’s cute West Loop hot spot is perfect for mid week coffee or lunch, and perfect for weekend brunch. When I realized we had never reviewed it I decided I must go check it for the sake of brunch, and boy, was I glad I did!
Little Goat Diner is situated on the corner off of Randolph in the heart of Restaurant Row. It is almost always packed, but thanks to communal tables, a sit-up dining counter, and fast food service, wait times aren’t as long as originally anticipated.
I had mid-week brunch plans with my sister’s roommate Lauren, who might as well be my little sister, truth be told. An avid foodie like me, she was so excited to try Little Goat, and had been anxiously studying the menu the night before. While we waited for our table, we headed over to the cafe attached to the back of the restaurant. Lauren ordered a tea and I ordered the Diner’s signature “Little Goat Latte” made with goat’s milk; it is delicious!
Any night-before preparations for ordering were in vain. Once we were seated at the diner, our eyes grew wide at the sight of other peoples’ food orders passing us by, and we were essentially back to square one.
We were anxious to ask our server questions about the menu items. There isn’t too much on the menu at Little Goat Diner that is standard. The menu options are unique and diverse. One side of the menu is titled “Cereal Killers” a.k.a not your typical breakfast items. On the other side of the page are breakfast breads and breakfast sides. The rest of the menu is a variety of lunch offerings.
Solely focused on breakfast, I hesitantly ordered the “ooey gooey cinnabon;” the menu states that you “gotta get ’em early” and I anticipated our server telling me they were fresh out. Sadly, I was correct with my suspicions. Lauren and I then decided to start with the 3 Sister’s farm oatmeal, topped with honey yogurt, blueberrie,s and oat crumble. Holy moly, it was delicious.
I am not an oatmeal person normally, but this oatmeal was exceptional. If I am ever trapped on an elevator with Mrs. Izard herself, I will beg her to tell me how to make it at home. I will definitely be back to Little Goat Diner again this winter for another portion.
For entrees, Lauren had long been admiring our neighbor’s dish, and she couldn’t resist, so she went ahead with the smoked corned beef hash with eggs. She enjoyed this dish, as it was everything she had imagined. Meaty and hearty, and the generous portion meant it would be perfect for leftovers the next day.
After much thought and deliberation, I went ahead with the server’s recommendation of the Creole crab crumpets, a new menu addition. My dish arrived bright and colorful, with jumbo lump crabmeat croquettes under two over easy eggs.
My dish was absolutely delicious. The smoky sauce that came with the dish was the perfect complement to this creole-inspired dish. And as a Maryland girl, I must say, the crab was incredible. It was plentiful; the restaurant definitely does not skimp on the crab, which I was delighted about. I could have done without what I believe was bok choy on top, but I am sure some people might like the added crunch, I just wasn’t keen on the added veggies and greenery to the dish, that’s all.
Overall, as expected, Little Goat Diner is fantastic. It is an ideal place for weekday or weekend brunch, and the atmosphere is perfect for every type of person. It is warm and inviting, the food is delicious, and I must say it was quite the treat to see Chef Stephanie come in to work and join the line, signature bandana and all. We left satiated and satisfied, and I look forward to coming back again, and again, and again!
The Bitches Say: A+. Stephanie Izard, to no surprise, has created a perfect little diner in the West Loop, but there is nothing little about it. With bold dishes, exotic and unique flavors, this spot has a little bit of something for everyone.
Little Goat Diner
820 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Little Goat Diner serve breakfast, lunch and diner from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and from 7 a.m. until 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.