Stephanie Izard on Little Goat

The 'Top Chef' winner discusses her new diner in Chicago
Stephanie Izard on Little Goat

The Top Chef winner discusses her new diner in Chicago

Little Goat

Stephanie Izard made fans when she won her season of Top Chef, but she gained true devotees when she opened her Chicago restaurant Girl & the Goat in 2010. Izard now has a new project to get excited about — especially for those of us who often find a reservation at Girl & the Goat hard to come by!

Late last year she opened Little Goat, across the street from the original restaurant. Little Goat is a play on a diner, with a huge menu including burgers, milkshakes, and breakfast items. Beyond the diner, Little Goat also has a sandwich takeaway, a bakery, a coffee program for takeaway, and a bar. It’s an ambitious project, and we recently caught up with Izard in Chicago, where she admitted she hadn’t originally planned for such a large concept. "It started off where we just wanted to spread our wings, have our bakery somewhere else," she said. "We were going to have a teeny breakfast place with like five tables, but that didn’t really happen! Instead we opened the supersized Goat. It’s a 1200seat diner, 90-item menu, like a true diner on the East Coast."

But despite the expanding concept, she hasn’t been overwhelmed by the growth and instead is enjoying how much they can do for their customers. " I love the idea of having one place and a number of different things — there’s something for everyone," she said. "You know, someone comes in the diner and is like 'Oh, there’s a coffee shop?'"


For more from Izard, including her favorite menu items, watch the video above or head to Little Goat and check it out for yourself!