Slideshow: First Look: Stephanie Izard Chats about Little Goat

Apple Cheddar Pie a la Mode ($9.50)
Apple Cheddar Pie a la Mode ($9.50)
"Since we're a diner, we definitely needed an apple pie," said Izard. "I wanted to do mini pies, as sort of a play on our name. We tested the pie for months and months, trying to get the right flakiness in the crust. Also, we tested apples to make sure they weren't too soft when baked. You can also see that we sprinkled on some cheddar cheese right on the crust. We ended up with a classic American pie."
The Little Goat
The Little Goat
Stephanie Izard's second restaurant is located on Randolph, right across from Girl & The Goat.
Inside the Diner
Inside the Diner
Fish Tostadas
Fish Tostadas
"The dish started off as a fish sandwich, sort of like a Filet O' Fish from McDonalds. But we felt that the bread was getting in the way of the fish, so we decided to set it on an opened faced fried tortilla. There are some cool sauces going on, and the crispy tortilla really brought in some great texture. It's a fun plate."
Tuna Melt ($13)
Tuna Melt ($13)
"This is like a cross between a Niçoise salad that my mom used to always make and a tuna melt. I wanted to slightly lighten up the tuna melt, though that's obviously hard to do with cheese sauce."
Choco Taco Sundae ($7)
Choco Taco Sundae ($7)
"The idea came about when I was on an airplane reading about Mexican food in Saveur. Not sure why Choco Tacos popped into my head, but I realized I should totally do a Choco Taco sundae. Well, it's our version of it. I love combining sweet and salty things."
Little Goat Coffee Bar
Little Goat Coffee Bar
In the front of the bakery is a small coffee bar where guests can get drinks to go.
Kimchi & Bacon & Eggs & Pancakes: Asian Breakfast Tasty Thing ($11)
Kimchi & Bacon & Eggs & Pancakes: Asian Breakfast Tasty Thing ($11)
"It's based on bánh xèo, a Vietnamese pancake that you can get on the street. Usually it has mussels in it, but we removed those and added in kimchi, for a Korean feel. By the time we added bacon, we didn't know what to call it, so I said, 'How about we call it the Asian Breakfast Tasty Thing?'"
Smoked Skuna Bay Salmon & Pork Belly salad ($13)
Smoked Skuna Bay Salmon & Pork Belly salad ($13)
Little Goat has a selection of salads, though Izard paid particular attention to the making of this one. "I was lucky enough of to go Vancouver to see the Skuna Bay salmon, to make sure it was a good product. I added it to a salad with some pork belly, because, you know, and mixed it with a light and tangy Sherry vinegar. You've got your crunch, your salty, and a nice tang."
Chocolate Malt Shake at Little Goat ($6)
Chocolate Malt Shake at Little Goat ($6)
I have a serious weakness for chocolate malt shakes, so it makes sense that I would fall for Little Goat's version. But what's so surprising about this rendition is that the kitchen didn't try to reinvent the drink. Instead, it's just a flawlessly executed version of the classic, coming across like how I always imagined the shake should taste, even though it rarely measured up. The malt only lingers faintly at the end of each sip, making you want to dig in for more.

Little Goat, 820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607 (map); 312-888-3454; littlegoatchicago.com

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

The Trout ($15)
The Trout ($15)
This is another nicer entree Izard put on the menu, and though it looks like a standard trout amandine, it also features spaghetti squash, almond crunch, and pepitas. "I like to take some classic ideas and make them our own."
The Little Goat
The Little Goat
The goat sign rotates all atop the Little Goat entrance.