For our first night in Chicago, we had dinner at Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat Diner and it was fantastic. We first started off with a couple of drinks. I ordered the Old Tart (Evan Williams Bourbon, orange bitters, and peach tasting vinegar) and Dave ordered the Fool’s Russian (Russian Standard Vodka, Fernet Leopold, housemade cucumber syrup, and fresh lemon juice). We both really enjoyed our drinks, the Fool’s Russian had great cucumber flavor and the Old Tart had a nice bite.
To eat, once I finally decided, I ordered the Bull’s Eye French Toast. The French toast was made from their homemade sweet onion brioche bread with an egg in the center of each slice. It was topped with sliced strawberries, crispy chicken, and BBQ maple syrup. It was fabulous! The sweet onion brioche really made the dish. It was perfectly balanced with the sweet strawberries and maple syrup in harmony with the savory chicken and oniony bread. I wish I had some of that bread right now!
Dave ordered the goat almighty burger, which consisted of a goat burger top with braised beef, BBQ pork, pickled jalapenos, salsa verde, onion rings, and cheddar cheese. It was a mouthful, but it was good! All of the meat was very tender and flavorful. The jalapenos packed a punch and it all came together really well.
We enjoyed another round of cocktails after our entrees. I ordered a Sure is Smokey, Burt! (Fidencio Mezcal, falernum, Punt e Mas, and fresh lime juice) and Dave ordered a Korita (Partida, Soju, Combier, pomegranate, and fresh lime juice). We ended up switching because my drink was too smokey for me, should have known better! The Korita was like a margarita with a Korean twist, Soju is a distilled beverage native to Korea, hence the name Korita!
We were too full for dessert. I wish the Little Goat Diner was located in Ann Arbor, I think we would visit often. Alas, it is not…but we’ll be sure to stop by again next time we’re in Chicago.