Little Goat Bakery
Coffee Shop, Lunch, Bar
Neighborhood: Meatpacking District
Address: 820 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
Phone Number: (312) 888-3455
Price Range: $3-10
Our Rating: 5 out of 5
What We Tried: Skim Latte, Gluten-Free Apricot Muffin
Our Take: Little Goat Bakery opened a mere three weeks after Girl & the Goat, to serve as a dedicated baking kitchen for the larger parent restaurant. Since bread at Girl & the Goat is a part of the meal, rather than an appetizer or side, they wanted a place where their bakers could let their flour fly all day long, without worrying about getting in the way of braising goat legs.
Little Goat Bakery is attached to the Little Goat Diner, and contains a pretty swanky bar, too, but I’m going to concentrate on the coffee shop component of the operation. You order your coffee at the back of the bakery, where you can watch the bakers at work through a large glass window. It’s sort of like the world’s greatest cooking show.
When I finally pulled away from watching the bakers fold dough into pie tins (and picked my jaw up off the floor), I walked back to the front of the shop to pick up my coffee and muffin from the espresso station. All of the coffee is Stumptown (say hey!), and all of the breads and pastries are baked that day.
I was a little nervous about my muffin choice, since I’m new to the whole gluten-free thing, but it was soft and perfect and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. My latte was one of the best I have had in a long time, and arrived with an intricate fleur-de-lis swirled on top.
Start off your next Saturday with a cappuccino from Little Goat, or pick up a fresh Italian loaf for dinner…I guarantee you’ll be impressed.