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Little Goat Diner

Chicago-West Loop

4.5 / 5

May 11, 2018

There's been a lot of hype about Stephanie Izard, the star of Top Chef, and her 21st century take on the American diner, but early impressions of the new venue are good

There’s been a lot of hype about Stephanie Izard, the star of Top Chef, and her 21st century take on the American diner, but early impressions of the new venue are good. Cocktail prices are a bit steep for a true diner, but that’s probably to be expected given the pedigree of those involved. Izard’s venue ticks a lot of boxes, part lunch spot, part cocktail bar, it has a diner counter at which you can sit, plus lots of comfy booth seating and some suitably retro wallpaper. Everything’s just a little bit too shiny and polished at the moment, but it’s early days yet. The cocktail list features six drinks, including the Smoke on the Horizon, a potent blend of mezcal, fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juice with a pomegranate float. There’s also an intriguing list of beers. The diner opens at 7 a.m. for the breakfast shift and stays open until 2 a.m, if you have a late night waffle and cocktail craving. The food menu puts a modern twist on diner staples. Breakfast is served all day and includes a pork belly benedict, shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, crumpets with chorizo maple syrup (come on, how awesome does that sound), and an ‘Asian style tasty thing’ with eggs and kimchee. On the sandwich front there are classics a Reuben, a pimped out Grilled Cheese, an Oyster Po’boy and more of Izard’s trademark Asian flavours, like the duck bahn mi and the tonkatsu sandwich on sour dough.

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