Derek Richmond

Expanding her empire, Top Chef champ Stephanie Izard recently opened the Little Goat in Chicago’s foodie--centric West Loop neighborhood.

The slick yet comfortable retro eatery sits right across the street from her megasuccessful flagship eatery, Girl & the Goat. Little Goat encompasses a diner, an artisan bread/deli/­coffee shop, a bar and a demo kitchen/classroom/private-dining space. The diner serves classic American comfort food, made with ingredients that are either locally produced or made in house — with a twist, of course.

Choose from dishes like Fat Elvis Waffles with banana, peanut butter-butter and bacon-maple syrup; and the Pork Belly Pancake sandwich,­ with scallion pancake, house hoisin, bok choy salad and ginger-maple dressing. These are just slightly more mainstream than eats found at her premier location.

“Growing up on the East Coast, I ate at diners all the time,” Izard says. “I’ve always wanted to recreate that classic feel but bring my passion for working with local, fresh ingredients to the diner world.”

Perfecting her trifecta of goatdom, Izard has also launched her own product line. Aptly called The Flavor by Stephanie Izard, it’s inspired by recipes she uses in some of her most popular dishes. From marinades to rubs to accessories, her line is available for purchase at Little Goat and sold nationally via her website.

www.theflavorbystephanieizard.com
www.littlegoatchicago.com