Following Izard’s Top Chef win she opened Girl and the Goat in Chicago and followed that up a year later with Little Goat. Little Goat serves breakfast, lunch and dinner – all day long. Our very cheerful server told us to look over the menu and then to mix and match anything we liked, in fact she encouraged us to go off menu with our combinations.
Unfortunately our visit followed a very stressful day of packing up Rebecca’s dorm room and a considerable amount of flatmate drama so coupled with my cold we were a little frazzled upon arriving. I had used the websites online facility to book a table and had already changed our booking once so when we finally arrived just before 9pm we were very ready to eat a little comfort food and relax.
We began with an order of fried pickles and onion rings with a tangy curry mayo dipping sauce (I warned you we were in need of comfort food). The plate to share was quite large so I was a little surprised when our entrees arrived so quickly after this. We visited on a Thursday night and while the restaurant was quite full I don’t think they needed to turn tables (my pet peeve) although I guess this is all part of the nature of American dining. Living in India where meals out seem to take 3 hours plus I find the speed of American dining a little strange now.
For my entree I ordered a Taco salad that had goat chili and chips with lots of crunchy salad and a spicy dressing. The hot chili was buried under all the cold ingredients and the combination of hot meat and iced veggies really worked well.
Rebecca ordered a tuna melt off the Sammiches section of the menu. As you can see from the first picture this wasn’t really a sandwich that you could eat with your hands, more an open sandwich that required a knife and fork.
The restaurant has quite an extensive beer menu although we didn’t partake on this visit. Little Goat is also famous for its bread baked daily on the premises and now has a separate bakery open from 6am serving freshly baked breads. Overall we enjoyed our visit and think we will return when we have more time to enjoy the ambiance and to try something else off the large and diverse menu.
Location: 820 W Randolf Street, Chicago, 60607
Reservations: via website or opentable
Hours: Sun-Thurs 7am-9pm, Fri-St 7am-12am