Little Goat Diner Chicago Illinois

Little Goat Diner’s Cool WEBSITE

Welcome Gators!

We arrived shortly after opening (7am) Window Seat, Coffee, and MINTY our server. Ready to go.

Little Goat Chicago Illinois Exterior
Little Goat Chicago Illinois
Exterior

 

COFFEE   8   No Splenda   4   A dispenser of Turbinado Sugar instead.

Little Goat Diner Chicago Turbinado Sugar Dispenser
Little Goat Diner Chicago
Turbinado Sugar Dispenser

The place is a very eclectic mix of textures and styles. It’s like Art Deco meets Ikea   8   Then on the other side there is a Bakery a Bar and a Coffee Bar that is all dark wood and 1935esq style.

Little Goat Chicago Interior
Little Goat Chicago
Interior
Little Goat Chicago Interior
Little Goat Chicago
Interior
Little Goat Chicago Interior
Little Goat Chicago
Interior
Little Goat Chicago Interior
Little Goat Chicago
Interior
Little Goat Chicago Interior A mix of Textures
Little Goat Chicago
Interior
A mix of Textures
Little Goat Chicago Interior Lunch Counter
Little Goat Chicago
Interior
Lunch Counter
Little Goat Chicago Interior Bar
Little Goat Chicago
Interior
Bar
Little Goat Chicago Interior Bakery (Picture is from previous review)
Little Goat Chicago
Interior
Bakery
(Picture is from previous review)

The Coffee Bar contained a woman who got snippy with me about taking pictures   2    

Little Goat Chicago Coffee Bar with Snippy Lady
Little Goat Chicago
Coffee Bar with Snippy Lady

Music is as eclectic as the Cafe.   8   Some Carpet   3   Some NOT   9   They spent a LOT of money on this place. They have a lot of expensive touches like custom imprinted ceramics and table tents.

Little Goat Chicago Custom Mug
Little Goat Chicago
Custom Mug
Little Goat Chicago Custom Mug complete with Goat
Little Goat Chicago
Custom Mug complete with Goat
Little Goat Chicago Table Tent
Little Goat Chicago
Table Tent

 

I’m hungry. Lets get going

Blue Plate Special

GOAT Hot Dog (A Breakfast Gator First) in a Buttermilk Pancake Topped with 2 Sunny Eggs and served with real maple syrup (syrup was not heated)      :0(

Little Goat Chicago Blue Plate Special
Little Goat Chicago
Blue Plate Special
Little Goat Chicago Blue Plate Special
Little Goat Chicago
Blue Plate Special
Little Goat Chicago Blue Plate Special
Little Goat Chicago
Blue Plate Special
Little Goat Chicago Blue Plate Special SMASHED IT!
Little Goat Chicago
Blue Plate Special
SMASHED IT!

Eggs were almost perfectly cooked.   9    One broken Yolk   4    Goat Dog. Snappy Smokey Garlicy Salty It wasn’t BAAAAAAD  (Goat Voice Impersonated)   9   Pancakewas  Fluffy and Light and tangy sweet   9   This was a great dish as you can tell from the rare empty plate a very elusive Breakfast Gator  9

Another Special and another First

Tzatziki Omelette

Cranberry and Caper Relish with Pickled Fresno Peppers Tempura fried Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Although the flat rolled up eggs were overcooked (no surprise) This combination of slightly sweet pickled ingredients and tangy Tzatziki filling was an unusual and deliciously delightful    9   

The Mashed Potatoes were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Yet another First.   7   and a   10   for creativity

Little Goat Chicago Tzatziki Omelette
Little Goat Chicago
Tzatziki Omelette
Little Goat Chicago Tzatziki Omelette
Little Goat Chicago
Tzatziki Omelette
Little Goat Chicago Tzatziki Omelette
Little Goat Chicago
Tzatziki Omelette
Little Goat Chicago Tzatziki Omelette
Little Goat Chicago
Tzatziki Omelette
Little Goat Chicago Tzatziki Omelette BITE
Little Goat Chicago
Tzatziki Omelette
BITE

 

Little Goat Chicago Tempura Mashed Potatoes
Little Goat Chicago
Tempura Mashed Potatoes
Little Goat Chicago Tempura Mashed Potatoes
Little Goat Chicago
Tempura Mashed Potatoes

 

Apple Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes with thinly sliced apples.

More Fluffy Puffy Light and Tender Buttermilk Cakes Imbedded with slightly sweet cinnamony apples served again with real unwarmed Maple Syrup  These were close to Pancake Perfection   9   

Little Goat Chicago Apple Pancakes
Little Goat Chicago
Apple Pancakes
Little Goat Chicago Apple Pancakes
Little Goat Chicago
Apple Pancakes
Little Goat Chicago Apple Pancakes
Little Goat Chicago
Apple Pancakes Buttered and Syruped up
Little Goat Chicago Apple Pancakes
Little Goat Chicago
Apple Pancakes
Little Goat Chicago Apple Pancakes
Little Goat Chicago
Apple Pancakes
Little Goat Chicago Apple Pancakes Om Nom Nom
Little Goat Chicago
Apple Pancakes
Om Nom Nom

 

 

 

This was my second visit to the Little Goat. A Breakfast Gator Top Pick. Thanks to our fantastic Server Minty for indulging me and my shenanigans.

This is another destination place. Take a trip to the Goat

Little Goat Diner Chicago
Little Goat Diner Chicago

 

 

That’s it kids. I’m off to my next adventure!

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Town House Books and Cafe St. Charles Illinois

Town House Books and Cafe WEBSITE

Welcome Gators!

Town House has a full Brunch thing on Sunday only and it doesn’t open till 10:30! That’s like the middle of the day! I could have Gatored another place, went home, then went to Town House Books. (I didn’t)

Town House Books and Cafe Exterior
Town House Books and Cafe
Exterior
Town House Books and Cafe Exterior
Town House Books and Cafe
Exterior
Town House Books and Cafe Exterior
Town House Books and Cafe
Exterior
Town House Books and Cafe Exterior
Town House Books and Cafe
 CAFE Exterior

We got in LINE at 10:25 yes LINE. It was 2 Degrees out. They opened up and the line shuffled in. We were seated quickly and efficiently. Our server BEN asked if we wanted Coffee. Of course I do. He returned with Coffee Water and Extra Napkins. I LOVE when they bring extra napkins   10   Coffee was good   8   The menu is fairly short but it’s all non standard fare so it requires some decision making. So I sipped Coffee and made a decision for the starting round.

The place is DARK. It’s miserable for photos. No Music   5   They have Carpet   2   Don’t get me started. On the other hand it’s fun eating in a bookstore.

Town House Books and Cafe Interior
Town House Books and Cafe
Interior
Town House Books and Cafe Interior
Town House Books and Cafe
Interior
Town House Books and Cafe Interior
Town House Books and Cafe
Interior
Town House Books and Cafe Interior
Town House Books and Cafe
Interior

Ok Let’s get going

 

Oeufs St. Richard

Our delicious Eggs Benedict made with applewood-smoked bacon instead of ham, served with Creole potatoes

Hollandaise is the proper viscosity and Lemony. It’s good   8   The Eggs were prepared over medium. For some reason Town House doesn’t make poached Eggs. Curious. Anyway one of the Eggs was cooked properly and one was a bit over.   7   The muffin was un toasted UGH I’ll spare you the rant   3   The Bacon was good and crisp and not overly salty   8   The Spinach was good seasoned ok   7   The Potatoes were Scrumptious Roasted well seasoned well slightly spicy and finished with fresh Thyme.   8   Overall a good dish. I’d re-order this one.   8   

Town House Books and Cafe Oeufs St Richard
Town House Books and Cafe
Oeufs St Richard
Town House Books and Cafe Oeufs St Richard
Town House Books and Cafe
Oeufs St Richard
Town House Books and Cafe Oeufs St Richard Take a Bite!
Town House Books and Cafe
Oeufs St Richard
Take a Bite!

 

NEXT

New Favorite

Baked ham, egg, Brie cheese, roasted red peppers
& honey mustard between two toasted English muffin halves, served with mixed greens & raspberry-poppy seed dressing

A good mix of greens with a good vinaigrette maybe a few too many poppy seeds   8   The Sangwidje. Muffin not toasted #2. Is the Toaster busted?   4   Ham could be hotter. The Egg could have been softer. The Brie had the proper funk. Sometimes Brie can be like the inside of a Chuck Taylor. This was a bit too McDonaldie for me. Keep in mind that I’m not a big fan of Sandwiches for breakfast. Overall I would give this a firm   7   

Town House Books and Cafe New Favorite
Town House Books and Cafe
New Favorite
Town House Books and Cafe New Favorite
Town House Books and Cafe
New Favorite

 

And Finally

Tequila Sunrise

Raspberry, cream cheese & banana stuffed French toast, served with maple syrup & fruit salad

Fruit Salad Meh. Under Ripe Melon cubes   5   French Toast? Not. Unsoaked bread warmed on the grill. No soft custardy French Toast here. I was hopeful.   4   The filling was good hot and slightly sweet. Overall this was OK. A very generous   7   

Town House Books an Cafe Tequila Sunrise French Toast
Town House Books an Cafe
Tequila Sunrise French Toast

OK Gators that takes care of the food now you can take a tour of the bookstore…

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Cute Huh?

You should go there. Get there early Get in line Get some grub buy a book and get some edumacation.

 

As for me I’m off to my next adventure!

nosh Geneva Illinois

nosh WEBSITE

Welcome Gators!

Yes your’e correct. This is NOT my first nosh visit. I’m still working on  re-adding my favorites.

A LATE breakfast. I arrived at nosh about 10:15ish. I had an early Dr’s appointment so I couldn’t go at my usual crack-O-dawn opening time.

nosh Geneva Illinois Exterior
nosh Geneva Illinois
Exterior
nosh Geneva Illinois entryway slash small waiting area
nosh Geneva Illinois
entryway slash small waiting area with my reflection
nosh Geneva Illinois entryway slash small waiting area
nosh Geneva Illinois
entryway slash small waiting area
nosh Geneva Illinois Interior
nosh Geneva Illinois
Interior
nosh Geneva Illinois Interior
nosh Geneva Illinois
Interior
nosh Geneva Illinois Interior
nosh Geneva Illinois
Interior
nosh Geneva Illinois Interior
nosh Geneva Illinois
Interior

My very friendly server Renee sat me by my usual requested window seat. Coffee was procured.   8   We had a discussion about my lack of a proper coat and the benefits of the BREKFST mobile having remote start.   10    No Carpet   10   Modern Pop Music   7

nosh has a wide variety of interesting options and a fairly extensive Booze menu. It was a difficult decision. I ended up with 4 (Foodze not Booze)

1

MONTE CRISTO BENEDICT
English muffin topped with thinly sliced ham, melted gruyere cheese, poached eggs and grape hollandaise.Monte Cristo Benedict

I had several starch choices but chose Basque fries. Fries for breakfast? Better than I thought. Hot Crispy and the seasoning was great   8   The Muffin was toasted. (You know how I feel about that)   Standard English Muffin   7      The Ham was Pigarific. Sweet Salty and Mildly Porky   9   The Eggs were cooked in a mold. They were somewhere between poached and baked. One was cooked perfectly and one was a tad over (my preference to a tad under)   7   The Grape Hollandaise is slightly Grapey slightly sweet. Good   8   This dish is a big hit with me. I loved it. An almost unheard of   9   Yes you are reading that correctly.

nosh Geneva Illinois Monte Cristo Benedict

nosh Geneva Illinois
Monte Cristo Benedict

nosh Geneva Illinois Monte Cristo Benedict
nosh Geneva Illinois
Monte Cristo Benedict
nosh Geneva Illinois Monte Cristo Benedict
nosh Geneva Illinois
Monte Cristo Benedict
nosh Geneva Illinois Monte Cristo Benedict Bite
nosh Geneva Illinois
Monte Cristo Benedict Bite

 

2

SAVORY FRENCH TOAST
Baguette soaked in herb batter with diced applewood-smoked bacon and caramelized onions, drizzled with sour cream.

As much as I loved the last dish this was a bit dialed back on the scale. Partly because you know by the very fact that it’s French Toast I’m expecting a well soaked soft eggy custardy moist french toast but there is a 98% chance that I’m going to get bread that is flashed through the custard and tossed on the flat top producing what is just dry bread with a little scrambled egg on the outside. That’s what I got. UGH!  4   The Bacon Onion Sour Cream Combo was good   6   The addition of real Maple Syrup at Renee’s suggestion pushed it to a   7   If the French Toast was really French Toast rather that dry bread this could have been pushed up at least one more point.

NOTE: This is 1/2 an Order

nosh Geneva Illinois Savory French Toast
nosh Geneva Illinois
Savory French Toast
nosh Geneva Illinois Savory French Toast Dry Bread
nosh Geneva Illinois
Savory French Toast
Dry French Bread

 

3

CHILAQUILES
House-made nachos sauteed with spicy salsa topped with queso fresco and two eggs, any style served with cilantro sour cream… add avocado… add carnitas, chicken, chorizo

I Added Carnitas and Avocado. I requested Sunnyside Up Eggs and that the whites be cooked all the way. The Whites were gooey in spite of my request   6    The pork was Lean Porky Soft Seasoned Well Tasty   8   Cilantro Sour Cream A SPICY   8    Overall a pretty good version of this dish   8  

nosh Geneva Illinois CHILAQUILES
nosh Geneva Illinois
CHILAQUILES
nosh Geneva Illinois CHILAQUILES
nosh Geneva Illinois
CHILAQUILES
nosh Geneva Illinois CHILAQUILES
nosh Geneva Illinois
CHILAQUILES

 

 

4

BANANAS FOSTER
Pancakes topped with sauteed bananas, candied pecans, dried cherries and caramel sauce.

The Pancakes Tasted House Made. A tad thin but light and tasty. The Topping was JUST sweet enough. I added some of the supplied Maple Syrup. Needed Butter. I really like butter on pancakes. Overall this is a good combination. I would get this again.   8   

NOTE: Short Stack

Nosh Geneva Illinois Bananas Foster Pancakes Short Stack
Nosh Geneva Illinois
Bananas Foster Pancakes
Short Stack
Nosh Geneva Illinois Bananas Foster Pancakes Short Stack
Nosh Geneva Illinois
Bananas Foster Pancakes
Short Stack

 

That wraps up nosh. On the list of Breakfast Gator Favorites. Get over there.

Thanks for the great Service Renee and the other young lady that helped out and the very attentive bus guy. He even gave me some Butter for my Leftover Cakes. Yes I actually took them. The regular readers know that I really don’t like leftovers.

OK Gators I’m off to my next adventure!

 

Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Illinois

Eggsclusive Cafe WEBSITE

 Welcome Gators!

We are back to the Burbs and yes this is another review for Eggsclusive Cafe an above average spot that was worth another visit.

In spite of the fact that we were there early several people rolled up at opening and beat us in.

Eggsclusive Exterior
Exclusive Cafe Rockford Exterior

We were seated right away and Coffee’d Up. The Coffee is GOOD   8 The place was dimly lit with small spot lights. Modern with a cruise ship vibe. Uncarpeted floors   10   and Calypso Smooth Jazz music in the background.   6

Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Interior
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Interior
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Interior
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Interior
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Interior
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Interior
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Interior
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Interior

I looked around the round Menu. It was full of all sorts of stuff on BOTH sides UGH! You know how I hate big menus.

Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Round Menu
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Round Menu

 

Round 1

Waffle Benedict…. Bourbon Bacon Chutney Spread on a Bacon Bit Waffle Poached Eggs and Maple Cream Glaze Served with House Potatoes.

This is a dish I haven’t seen before so of course I had to order it. The potatoes were like French Fry cubes. Crunchy and tasty.   7   The Maple Glaze is sweet and gooey.   7   The Bacon Chutney is also sweet but Bacony. The Eggs were just a tad over but thats better than underdone.   8   The waffle was run of the mill. Overall An interesting dish.   7   

Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Waffle Benedict
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Waffle Benedict
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Waffle Benedict
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Waffle Benedict
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Waffle Benedict
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Waffle Benedict
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Waffle Benedict Have a Bite!
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Waffle Benedict
Have a Bite!

 

Round 2

Cochinita Pibil Skillet…. Rotisserie Spiced Pork Grilled Pineapple Grilled Onions Pico de Gallo and Queso Fresco

Served with Pancakes

The Pork was very spicy and in chunk form like Alpo. The Eggs were cooked as I asked. I was surprised at the heat level. Most places won’t serve stuff this spicy. It tends to polarize your audience.  I liked this dish.   7/8  For being brave enough to bring the heat   10   

Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Cochinita Pibil
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Cochinita Pibil
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Cochinita Pibil
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Cochinita Pibil
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Cochinita Pibil
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Cochinita Pibil
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Cochinita Pibil Pork Chunks
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Cochinita Pibil
Pork Chunks
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Pancakes
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Pancakes

I’m pretty confidant that the Pancakes are from a mix. I’ve had the same Pancakes in a dozen places. Light Fluffy Vanilla-y.   7   

Note:  Both dishes had very thick Orange Slices. C’mon Gators say it with me!  1965 Called. They want their garnish back!

Round 3

Cinna-Bomb French Toast….. Served with Cinnamon Butter

As usual my gripe is that this was simply Cinnamon Bread dunked it french toast goo for 1/2 a second and tossed on the flattop. It needs to SOAK for awhile so the egg mix has time to soak into the bread. It was good but NOT French Toast. I’m sure that it’s a hit just not up to my French Toast standards.   The Butter made the dish   6   

Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Cinna-Bomb French Toast
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Cinna-Bomb French Toast
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Cinna-Bomb French Toast With Cinnamon Butter
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford
Cinna-Bomb French Toast
With Cinnamon Butter
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Cinna-Bomb French Toast Pretty Bready
Eggsclusive Cafe Rockford Cinna-Bomb French Toast
Pretty Bready

 

That wraps it up for Eggsclusive V2.0 A good suburban spot. Get over there. Bring a fat wallet. It’s more expensive than even tweet let’s eat or m.henry in the city.

As for ME I’m off to my next Adventure

 

Honey-Jam Cafe Downers Grove Illinois

Honey-Jam WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

Thanks to Dennis and Trinity Foster for the Recommendation!

I arrived a couple of minutes before opening or so I thought. Yelp said 7 but the door said 6:30. Anyway I took my outside shot and went in.

Honey-Jam Cafe Exterior
Honey-Jam Cafe
Exterior
Honey-Jam Cafe Interior
Honey-Jam Cafe
Interior
Honey-Jam Cafe Interior
Honey-Jam Cafe
Interior
Honey-Jam Cafe Interior
Honey-Jam Cafe
Interior
Honey-Jam Cafe Interior
Honey-Jam Cafe
Interior
Honey-Jam Cafe Interior
Honey-Jam Cafe
Interior
Honey-Jam Cafe Interior
Honey-Jam Cafe
Interior

I was seated right away and promptly forgotten about. I sat there for 8 minutes. Finally a server realised that I had not been waited on. Coffee was ordered and delivered. Carafe on the table.   10   Coffee Eh  6   They DID have Splenda though.  I put in an order for one of those giant baked Cinnamon Apple Pancakes right away since they take almost 1/2 an hour.

The interior of the place is like a really dark Swiss Chalet with pictures of Chickens.   7   The place has Carpet   2   The music is contemporary pop.   7   I like the fireplace. The lighting is awful for photos.

The menu is pretty big but average. I didn’t find anything that really jumped out at me.

OK lets get going

Greek Frittata……………………………… Three egg open faced omelette with ham, asparagus, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms. Topped with basil pesto and Jack cheese.

Honey-Jam Cafe Greek Frittata
Honey-Jam Cafe
Greek Frittata
Honey-Jam Cafe Greek Frittata
Honey-Jam Cafe
Greek Frittata

The meal came with Grits. They were tasteless.  Grits, Water, Salt.     The Frittata was decent.    7    

I upgraded the standard pancakes to Blueberry Crunch Pancakes although that’s NOT what I got. They had Apples in them. They were raw and gooey in the middle. The part that was cooked was OK   4

Honey-Jam Cafe Pancakes with Apples NOT Blueberries
Honey-Jam Cafe
Pancakes with Apples NOT Blueberries
Honey-Jam Cafe Pancakes with Apples not Blueberries
Honey-Jam Cafe
Pancakes with Apples not Blueberries

  

Apple Cinnamon Pancake………….  Freshly sliced Granny Smith apples with caramelized cinnamon-sugar.

It was here already. Hot Sweet Cinnamony Appley. Scrumptious.   8   I tried it with and without syrup. I liked it with butter and without the syrup.  If you go here get one of these.

Honey-Jam Cafe Cinnamon Apple Pancake
Honey-Jam Cafe
Cinnamon Apple Pancake

Ham and Swiss Benedict………….. Toasted croissant, ham, mushrooms and swiss cheese topped with two poached eggs and housemade hollandaise sauce.

Honey-Jam Cafe Ham & Swiss Benedict
Honey-Jam Cafe
Ham & Swiss Benedict
Honey-Jam Cafe Ham & Swiss Benedict
Honey-Jam Cafe
Ham & Swiss Benedict

One egg was poached hard One was just a bit overcooked   4   The Hollandaise tasted like chicken gravy with lemon. It was Thick and gooey.   4   The filling was OK Shaved Ham shaved Mushrooms Swiss Cheese. A bit salty. The Hashbrowns were overcooked and dry. An overall   6   The Hollandaise killed this dish.

Well Gators That’s it. Not the best visit. Certainly not the worst. As most of my regulars know, I don’t post negative reviews. This one just squeaked by. The food was a mixed bag and the service was sub par. The Cinnamon Apple Pancake was the saving grace.

I’m off to my next adventure!