Travel: Little Goat Diner – Chicago, IL

Bull’s Eye French Toast

A lifelong Chicago Bulls fan, I took an adventurous road trip from Schenectady, NY to Chicago, IL.  This was going to be the first time I ever saw a Bull’s game live at the United Center.  Lets just say I was super excited to FINALLY fulfill a lifelong dream.  I stayed at the Crown Plaza Hotel located in the West Loop section of Chicago.  I’ve had heard throughout my entire life that Chicago, Illinois has many great eateries that often push the envelope with creativity and flavor.  Looking for a great breakfast one day, I stumbled on a fantastic place called Little Goat Dinner.

Located in West Loop, Little Goat Dinner was opened in 2012 by former Bravo Top Chef winner, Stephanie Izard. The diner is known for serving a huge menu of creative and gourmet takes on comfort food classics. The dinner serves breakfast, lunch/brunch and dinner items. It was very hard to decide what to pick from the menu as everything sounded so great.  I enjoy a good french toast so I figured I’d give it a shot. I surely picked a winner for a first time visit!

The Bull’s Eye French Toast is made up of eggs, crispy chicken, sweet onion brioche and bbq maple syrup, topped with fresh strawberries.  I’ve had chicken and waffles before and I found that chicken and french toast is also a great combination thats out of this world.  The french toast was cooked perfectly, not too soggy and with a golden crisp. The sweet onion brioche was an excellent twist and I could taste the flavor shine.  All of the flavors of the dish were balanced perfectly.  The chicken was tender, juicy and the breading hit the bullseye. I hail from the northeast and I’ve had many types of pure maple syrup.  The bbq maple was an interesting twist and was not over powering in bbq taste. Everything was tied everything together in a tight foodie bow. I love dishes with multiple textures and this dish became a breakfast love for me.

If one ever visits Chicago and has a hankering for a great breakfast, check out Little Goat dinner.  One will not be disappointed at all, I promise.  I read that Stephanie Izard has another restaurant called Girl & The Goat.  I will have to add it to my list of places to visit on my next trip to the windy city.  Little Goat Dinner will surpass ones expectations of a diner experience. This diner is truly above average.  I’ll be back in Chicago again soon, with a full belly and Bull’s tickets in hand.

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