Little Goat Diner
On a typical trip to the West Loop, it’s all about kicking it with your friends and savoring the many sophisticated restaurants and late-night lounges. But when it’s time for a family day out, there’s pretty much only one standout spot in the neighborhood: Little Goat. Your adventurous young eaters are certain to love everything about this cheery, contemporary diner by Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard. Kids always get excited for breakfast, and at Little Goat they can indulge in Izard’s quirky interpretations all day long. You’ll love how easy it is to order, and how thoughtful the restaurant is toward families. The kids will actually hope there’s a wait, because they’ll have their choice of coloring books and board games to keep them occupied while your table is prepared. Once everyone’s seated, peruse a menu that’s as cheeky as it is tasty. A.M. indulgences are categorized as “cereal killers,” and it’s a rare child that won’t be tempted by an order of Fat Elvis Waffles, with banana, bacon maple syrup, and peanut butter-butter. Parents and other grown-ups can pair savory entrees like pulled pork or Sloppy Goat sammies with a round of Fool’s Russians, which combine vodka, fresh lemon juice, and house-made cucumber syrup—the perfect antidote to a hectic day. If you need a brief escape from the madness, let your spouse help the kids with their dark chocolate chip crunch pancakes while you slip away to an adjacent bar full of like-minded parents, also taking advantage of a sociable beer or glass of wine.
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