Across the street from its big-sister restaurant Girl and the Goat, Little Goat Diner has a huge menu, heaping servings and big flavors from the kitchen of award-winning chef Stephanie Izard. This West Loop diner doesn’t take reservations, so expect to wait unless you go at a seriously off time (3 p.m. on a weekday?). We arrived at 10:30 a.m. on a Friday and were told our wait would be around 45 minutes. We busied ourselves by checking out Little Goat Bread next door and walking upstairs to peek at the rooftop seating.
The diner atmosphere is fun and casual. A rotating goat sign tops the building, and there are pictures of little goats everywhere, even on the paper napkin holders and inside the coffee cups. Because we couldn’t decide whether to order breakfast or lunch, we settled on one item from each category along with an appetizer. The standout dish was the Fat Elvis Waffles ($11) with sliced bananas, peanut butter-butter and bacon maple syrup. Fabulous, but way more than we could eat.
Our server recommended Los Drowned ($12) from the “sammiches” selections. Braised beef, avocado, butterkase cheese, pickles and spicy mayo made for a moist, delicious hot sandwich with plenty of oozy, crunchy accents. Our reactions to the mound of goat chili cheese fries ($11) were mixed; the texture and taste of the chili just didn’t seem to blend well with the fries and cheese. We also ordered the blueberry pie ($8) to split for dessert; it was a lovely mound of berries in a buttery crust topped with cool, creamy goat cheese gelato.
The long waits for tables and the calorie-heavy fare might deter some customers from becoming regulars. But, given the steady stream of guests, Little Goat clearly has a large and loyal following. If you’re in the mood, by all means, indulge.