I was recently in Chicago for the BlogHer '13 conference and has an opportunity to sneak off for dinner with friends who live in the Chicago area. Thank goodness for friends with great taste in food! We ended up at Stephanie Izard's Little Goat Diner. Stephanie was the first female contestant to win Bravo's Top Chef.  Her first restaurant, Girl & The Goat has done exceptionally well and gained her so much praise it's difficult to get a table. Lucky for us, Little Goat, which opened across the street, had "only" a 30 minute wait.

Little Goat is a casual dinning atmosphere with menu items that fall into typical diner categories like Breakfast, Sandwiches, Burgers, and Snacks, but unlike your average diner the menu pulls from a variety of cultural influences including Indian, Korean and Mexican.

We started with the Goat Chili Cheese fries because how could you not get at least one goat dish when the restaurant's name mentions it outright? It was fantastic! The goat was wonderfully tender, there was a perfect amount of cheese and green onion and the fries were crave-worthy.

I ordered the Pork Belly Pancake. The non greasy scallion pancake was topped with tasty pork belly and a final layer of Asian slaw with a sprinkling of fried onions for texture. I only wished my stomach was big enough to eat it all.

My friend James disappointed me a little by ordering a dish he had eaten before rather than trying something new, but after tasting his Fish Tostadas, I understand why. A crispy Mexican style tostada made with a crispy white fish, aioli, and a chickpea onion salad that had a little spice because of the accompanying harissa vinaigrette.

If you find yourself in Chicago, I highly recommend a visit to the West Loop neighborhood to visit the Little Goat and remember, take friends so you can order more dishes to try from the menu.

Little Goat Diner
820 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

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