Girl & the Goat
809 W. Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
Why did we dine here? – Girl & the Goat is Top Chef Winner Stephanie Izard’s top rated and very popular restaurant. It was our first time in Chicago, so had to try all the hot spots and compare them to SF! You need to book 2 months in advance to get in here. We did not have reservations and walked in right when the place opened (4:30pm) and sat at the bar. The waiter said it was harder to walk in during the winter because outdoor seating is not present.
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Cuisine – New American
Location – Chicago West Loop
Verdict – Girl & the Goat has a wide ranging New American menu with lots of inventive dishes. With its high 4.5 rating on Yelp, this place is still drawing a ton of people, both locals and tourists like us. It opened in 2010 and helped establish this neighborhood.
The food was very good with most dishes accented playfully. While not amazing using San Francisco standards, this spot is definitely worth giving a try.
Girl & the Goat Food Picks:
Mojito ($14) was strong and balanced. The bartenders know how to make drinks and handle the food well!
Goat Carpaccio ($14) frankly tasted like a regular beef one. Well done with capers and mini chip accents.
Hamachi Crudo ($16) chili-soy vinaigrette . finger hots . red plums . puffed black rice – hit the mark with thinly sliced raw fish and
Goat Liver Mousseline ($14) berry lamb jam . strawberry mostarda . bread & butter pickles – was a really good dish. It reminded us of the Chicken Liver starter at nearby avec. This time there were stellar hot biscuits and some really thin wafers for holding the jam, liver, and compote. No gaminess and frankly you could not tell it was goat.
Roast Cauliflower ($13) pickled peppers . pine nuts . mint – is a vegetable dish with lots of ingredients added to is. So good, almost anyone will eat it up.
Seared scallop & sausage summery succotash, green harissa ($19) had 2 large caramelized wonders along with a ton of other items. A dense dish that was very savory and heavy.
Wood oven roasted pig face ($19) sunny side egg, tamarind, cilantro, red wine-maple, thin potato stix – is a signature dish that many people order. The pork, potato strings, and egg work well together, along with the tamarind sauce. A must order. Could have used more potato stir.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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