We are writing this from Chicago. While only here for a few short days we (like we always do) managed to fit in more than our fair share of eating. We were told by many to go to The Girl & The Goat on West Randolph street. We heard it filled up fast and our attempts to get there on the early side were thwarted by traffic. We were too hungry to wait so we headed on over to the sister restaurant, Little Goat Diner. Wow, what an amazing treat.
First off, the space is beautiful. With respect to all of our beloved Brooklyn restaurants that we go to, the interior of Little Goat was a nice, refreshing break from the prohibition themed look and feel that many Brooklyn restaurants try to emulate.
It’s charming, bright vibrant and welcoming. It does have a diner feel but one that’s been upgraded to make you feel like you’re eating in a nice restaurant. We sat at the counter, which we highly recommend if you’re going for the first time. This is a great way to have a peek into the kitchen and see all the food come out and it’s a true diner experience.
Many of the dishes appealed to us but since there were only two of us – we went splitsies on a big veggie caesar salad, tempura mashed potatoes and the pork chop. The pork chop was stunning; brined and then slow cooked it came apart with a gentle nudge from the fork. It was sitting on what can only be described as a heavenly haven of luscious and semi-brothy vegetables and kimchi. The whole experience of the dish was brought together with a lemon soy jus. We’re talking, multiple flavors working in wonderful harmony.
Sundaes You’ve Never Heard Of
When is the last time you were surprised by a sundae? How about two sundaes? Little Goat will take care of this for you. Check it out:
Cheez-it® gelato, peanut butter chocolate covered Cheez-its®, strawberry Quik® gelato, peanut caramel with strawberry sauce, whipped cream and a cherry.
Choco Taco Sundae
Sour cream ice cream, chocolate sauce, goats milk caramel, candied pepitas, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce dipped tortilla chips.
The staff was wonderful and we felt right at home. Many restaurants these days try too hard to be something they’re not for the sake of standing out in a crowd. We loved the food at Little Goat because aside from being delicious and thoughtful, it was sincere and surprising yet approachable – characteristics we appreciate and try to convey in our ice cream.
We love Little Goat and we only wish there was one closer. However it’s really only a two and a half hour flight. We’ll be back the next time we’re in town to devour the rest of the menu. Thank you Stephanie Izard for bringing honest, inspiring and amazing food to the world.