Thursday, January 17, 2013

little goat - chicago, il
820 west randolph street
chicago, il 60607

as a huge fan of chef stepanie izard's restaurant girl and the goat, i was excited when i heard the news that she had a new concept in the works. dubbed little goat, the new restaurant is a take on the diner, serving updated takes on classic fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. connected to the main restaurant is little goat bread, a bakery and coffee bar offering bread and pastries.
no reservations are taken at little goat, and even though our arrival was just after 1pm, we were faced with a 45 minute wait unless we agreed to sitting at one of the communal tables. having worked up quite an appetite during our 30 minute walk from the magnificent mile, we consented, and were seated in the middle of a long table between two other groups...less than ideal for sure.

the menu at little goat is enormous, featuring dozens of choices including breakfast dishes, salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, and a plethora of snacks and sides. if there is one thing i would recommend to potential little goat diners, it would be to look over the menu online thoroughly before you show up. this is not something i did prior to the meal, and it led to an order that i regretted before the food even arrived.
little goat has a decent selection of american craft beers, and our choices were the bell's two hearted ale and perrenial's saison de lis.
apple, fennel, cheddar soup. this was the soup du jour, and it was awesome.
smoked fries...these were fine but really nothing special, and the portion size was absolutely absurd for two people.

after finishing our burgers, we didn't see our server for some time, and opted to skip skip dessert as we had dinner plans in a few hours. while this visit to little goat was ok at best, i am fairly confident that a more enjoyable time could have been had if we had been seated at our own table and ordered with a bit more thought. unfortunately, with my list of chicago restaurants to visit being a never ending endeavor, it is not likely i will have the chance to find out anytime soon.

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