It Girl Fam,
I recently found myself in the West Loop of Chicago around 10pm on a school night STARVED and wasn’t sure where to go. I stopped by a popular sports bar on Randolph, but my heart sank when I was told that the kitchen was closed. The bartender was nice enough to recommend Little Goat, which was just a few blocks away. I had not heard of it, but my friend did. Apparently, it's Stephanie Izard's latest venture. She is Executive Chef of the well-known Girl and The Goat restaurant.
There’s nothing little about this place. The diner-style restaurant sits on the corner of Randolph and Green and seems to take over most of the block. Then there’s this enormous spinning neon goat sign at the very top of the restaurant. You literally couldn't miss Little Goat if you tried.
Thankfully, we arrived after the dinner rush and got seated at a cozy booth right away. The layout reminded me of the diners that I frequented when I lived in the northeast, but was way more pristine and sophisticated. The prices are super-reasonable also. The BBQ Pork Sammich (sandwich) was calling me y’all, so I ordered it and completely enjoyed it. My friend ordered a Korean inspired dish called Kimchee & Bacon & Eggs & Pancakes Asian Style Breakfast Tasty Thing. It was a mouthful literally and figuratively. There were only crumbs left on my friend’s plate, so I have to assume it was great also.
We had a very pleasant experience at Little Goat. I will absolutely be back. The food and service were outstanding, but I would be remiss if I didn't shout out the soundscaping. No, there wasn't a deejay but the background music took our experience to the next level. The playlist included hits from Ginuwine, Dre & Snoop, Joe, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Busta Rhymes, Montell Jordan, and A Tribe Called Quest, just to name a few.
If you’re looking for a late-night bite or an upscale diner experience, then definitely check out Little Goat.
Below are a few photos.
My BBQ Pork Sammich was crazy.
View of main dining area
Dining counter with a view directly into the kitchen
Julie, the coolest waitress ever
Full bar in the back
A full bakery was back there too.
They supply treats for both Little Goat and Girl and The Goat.
Rubs and spices for sale - across from the bar
Looking forward to coming back for breakfast!
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