Reviews of Breakfast and Brunch Restaurants

Little Goat Diner Chicago IL

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Good Morning Gators!

It’s a miserable rainy cold winter day but that won’t stop breakfast. We arrived at opening. I dropped Diane in front and went to find a parking spot. While she was getting a table I was getting soaked on my walk from the car to the restaurant. This photo was from my last review.

Little Goat Diner Chicago
Little Goat Diner Chicago
Little Goat Diner Chicago
Little Goat Diner Chicago
Little Goat Diner Chicago
Little Goat Diner Chicago
Little Goat Diner Chicago
Little Goat Diner Chicago

The little Goat is part of a trio (soon to be a quad) of restaurants co owned by Chef Stephanie Izard. More about her here. There is also and older review of Duck Duck Goat here. At some point I will do a follow up on it.

Little Goat is a clean, modern, woody, goat filled place with contemporary music playing in the background. It has a couple of things that my regular readers know that I am not a fan of like communal seating and counter service. Restaurants should be aware that 1/2 of the population are introverts and a lot of them do not want to sit shoulder to shoulder with a stranger.

Coffee and menus were waiting when I took my seat. We had a fantastic server. Not only is Joan a server she is also a Bread Baker, Dog lover, and a Mushroom Hunter. 10 The Coffee was a bit lack luster. A bit weak for my taste. I was a little surprised by this. 7 The menu is cute and as I prefer not a ton of selections. It didn’t take long to choose.

Little Goat Diner Chicago Custom Coffee Cup
Little Goat Diner Chicago Custom Coffee Cup

We started with Crumpets. (How British of us)

The Crumpets were fresh from the fryer. HOT and a bit greasy. They were crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. More savory than sweet. They were a great start. 9

Little Goat Diner Chicago Crumpets
Little Goat Diner Chicago Crumpets
Little Goat Chicago
Crumpet

Next Up:

THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO CHINA

sesame cheddar biscuit, sunny side eggs, sichuan pork sausage, chili garlic chive sauce, gooseberries

The Chili Garlic Sauce is a punch in the mouth. I suggest that you not take a big taste of the sauce on it’s own like I did. It is spicy sweet and well seasoned. The menu description said eggs but it was actually egg as in 1. It was about as perfectly cooked as a Sunny Side Up Egg gets. The Sausage was quite flavorful. Spiced right, and not overly salty. It was a bit overcooked. The biscuit is baking powdery good. Crunchy exterior soft light interior. This was a pretty good entree 8

Little Goat Diner Chicago This Little Piggy Went to China
Little Goat Diner Chicago This Little Piggy Went to China
Little Goat Diner Chicago This Little Piggy Went to China
Little Goat Diner Chicago This Little Piggy Went to China
Little Goat Diner Chicago This Little Piggy Went to China
Little Goat Diner Chicago This Little Piggy Went to China
Little Goat Diner Chicago This Little Piggy Went to China

Next:

OKONOMIYAKI

Osaka street food with pork belly

A thick Savory Pancake with Bonito Flakes. It looked alive in person. Sea foodie flavor with lots of Umami. This was such an unusual combination of flavors I couldn’t decide if I loved it or hated it. I decided not to rate it. You’ll just have to try it for yourself.

Little Goat Chicago Okonomiyaki
Little Goat Chicago Okonomiyaki
Little Goat Chicago Okonomiyaki

And Lastly

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Light Fluffy Puffy Delightful! Just the right amount of chocolate chips. Served with Chocolate Butter and house syrup that tasted like a combination of real and fake Maple Syrup. 8

Little Goat Chicago Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Little Goat Chicago Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Little Goat Chicago Chocolate Butter
Little Goat Chicago Chocolate Butter
Little Goat Chicago Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Little Goat Chicago Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Little Goat Chicago Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Well that’s it kids. A good visit.

As for us we’re off to our next adventure.

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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