Fork Yeah! Little Goat Diner
Why is it so hard to find a decent brunch place on a Friday? Is it because most of the general population is supposed to be working? Work schmerk. After all, a girl has gotta eat! With the abundant amount of restaurants in Chicago, I found myself struggling to find a solid breakfast/brunch option on a Friday. No, I didn't want to stand in line at the Original Pancake House and I have already tried Lou Mitchells, their pancakes and waffles are on point. I was looking for something with bold flavors and a little flair. One of my friends has a total girl crush on Stephanie Izard and never stops raving about how great her food is. So, I decided to bundle up, walk few blocks and get my brunch on at Little Goat Diner.
Little Goat Diner
820 West Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Even though it was Friday, I popped on to OpenTable and made reservations, just to be on the safe side. There's nothing worse than being hangry and having to wait. Am I right? Certainly one of my better decisions because we walked in and it was crazy packed! Clearly, I am not the only person searching for the holy grail of breakfasts on Friday.
Since I arrived a few minutes early, I walked over to the bakery for a much-needed dose of caffeine. Instead of being completely basic and ordering my standard whole milk latte, I decided to take a walk on the wild side and order the Little Goat Latte. I die. This was one of the most flavorful and surprising coffee drinks I've tasted. True to form, Little Goat uses goat's milk, caramel and a blend of masala spices to whip up an amazing coffee drink.
Hanger pains were imminent. Thank goodness our server was there to rescue us and take our order. Everything sounded so good, that we agreed to dine "round robin" and try everything. Do you all do that? Each person orders their favorite dish and then you pass it around the table and everyone tries it? It can be quite unfortunate if your dish is the favorite of the group or if you are a germaphobe, but lots of fun because you get to try many different dishes on the menu. By the looks of what we ordered, you would think there were five or six of us at the table. Negative. Just three hungry girls.
I may be completely biased, but my favorite dish of the day was the Parathas Burrito, which happened to be the one I ordered (imagine that!). Far from a typical breakfast burrito, this dish was comprised of Indian flatbread, chili pepper sauce, avocado-bean salad, sunny side eggs and mont amore cheese. After taking my first bite, I wasn't sure one more flavor could be added to this incredible dish!
My second favorite dish of the morning had to be the Spanish Omelette (featured above) which reminded me of a spicier chilaquiles with red sauce.
Little Goat Diner is a wonderful spot for breakfast or brunch. It has a relaxed atmosphere and is perfect for an early morning breakfast meeting, catching up with girlfriends or the quintessential family get together. I like to err on the side of caution, so of course, I am going to recommend reservations because as we all know hanger pains aren't pleasant. Using bold and unique flavor combinations, Izard has created a perfect breakfast nook in the West Loop.
Interested in making reservations? Click here.
Can't-Miss: Little Goat Latte and the Parathas Burrito
Potential Pass: Hash browns
Until Next Time!