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Girl & the Goat

809 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607
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    All you need to do is walk by and you can just smell how good it is, particularly the pig face!

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    Top Chef season 4 winner Stephanie Izard is the chef behind this popular eaterie with a goat-heavy menu. Choose from goat cheese wontons, goat empanadas, and goat liver mousse, among many other goat-centric options. For those not a fan of goat, there are also a number of other exciting choices, like fried pickles and wood oven roasted pig face.

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  • Girl & the GoatPro 2014
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    Girl and the Goat was a sweet dinner surprise thanks to my bf :)

    As much as I loved the restaurant, it made me feel like I was in Los Angeles... something about the artsy-hipster feel really felt like LA.

    We checked this place out because the name was unique and our friends recommended this place.

    We showed up near Valentines day so the place was pretty packed unless this is how it is all the time?

    Service: semi slow but she was busy

    Branding: Adorable! I couldn't stop staring at it :)

    The entres I remember ordering:
    Pig Face: Everyone was raving about this, it's the most popular face but I was not impressed. It's not bad...but I expected something that would have WOW'd me. It's meat with egg on it. Pretty fatty/heavy.

    Tender scallop with curry sauce: really good and I think this was my favorite dish

    Pepper with miso: not bad, it's a filler. Too much to share for a party of two

    Onion bread: I liked the bread a lot, maybe because I was hungry.

    Beef tongue: another favorite dish, it was very light and refreshing.

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    the foods are awesome and its really different and unique . however, do bear in mind that you need to go here super early if you don't have any RSVP . its one of the places that you should visit in chicago for foodies !

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    Even with all the competition in the Randolph restaurant corridor, Girl and the Goat manages to stand out, racking up a prestigious James Beard Award while they're at it. The menu is divided into fish, vegetable and meat categories, and the bar specializes in craft beers. G&G boasts an opening time of 4:30pm, and a closing time of "whenever people are done licking their plates clean at night." What else do you need to hear?

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  • Girl & the Goat

    If you watch Top Chef, your should remember Stephanie.... She is "the girl!"

    Great food and great service. Small plates and your order many!!! The broccoli and cauliflower mix is wonderful. Make reservation months in advance

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    **INNOVATIVE AND EXCELLENT FOOD IN CHICAGO**

    With all the high accolades and reviews, I was looking forward to this particular dinner.

    TAXI
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    Around $10 from downtown.

    AMBIANCE
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    Spacious, dark, and trendy.
    Casual upscale.

    FOOD
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    RAW KUSSHI ($12 for 4)
    Muscatel mignonette and tarragon went well. Sweet with a tang.
    RATING: 4/5

    GRILLED BABY OCTOPUS ($15)
    With guanciale, favas, radish pods, pistachios, and a lemon vinaigrette worked out perfectly on our taste buds. Loved the texture, flavor, and creativeness of this dish.
    RATING: 5/5

    WOOD GRILLED BROCCOLI ($9)
    With rogue smokey bleu and spiced crispies?! Just like Bill and Ted's adventures = EXCELLENT.
    RATING: 5/5

    WOOD OVEN ROASTED PIG FACE ($16)
    YES, with a sunny side egg, tamarind, cilantro, red wine-maple, and potato stix! It was meant to be. This was a spectacular dish filled with rich flavor and cooked perfectly.
    RATING: 5/5

    DESSERT
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    GOAT CHEESE BAVAROIS ($8)
    This was a FANTASTIC and gorgeous (but simple) dessert. Imagine a brown sugar cake layered with fluffy goat cheese, blueberries and caramel krispies. Not overly sweet, just right. I can eat two of these.
    RATING: 5/5

    SERVICE
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    Our server, Gary was friendly and efficient. I liked his style. Especially the green shoes.

    OVERALL
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    Had a great and memorable dinner. It's loud here. Not ideal for romance (if you wish to talk to each other for example), but great for groups.

    Chicago is winning us over.

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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    Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard's Girl & the Goat is one of the hardest restaurants to get a table for so make reservations in advance. Totally worth the wait though - the food is amazing! Shared small plates here so you'll want to order a few different things to try. I especially loved the crisp braised pork shank, sugo pappardelle and grilled octopus. The roasted peppers and cauliflower dishes were also very good. Cocktails and selection of craft beers are amazing as well.

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  • Girl & the GoatAmbassadorPro 2014
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    I love this place. It is big and loud and full of energy...and you'd think with that type of ambiance that the quality of food might be compromised, but nope. Stephanie Izard runs a tight ship, and her food will still send your eyes rolling to the back of your head. Make reservations months ahead of time unless you like dining at 5 or 10:30 pm. I recommend coming with a group and sharing as many dishes as possible - crispy pig face being mandatory.

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    Delish and awesome to watch Steph in action. Sit at the kitchen table if you can - a nice cozy 2-seater that gives you a front row seat to all the deliciousness.

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  • Girl & the GoatPro 2014
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    It's been a year and a half since I ate here but I still think about the amazing small plates we enjoyed on a cold, snowy day in Chicago. We were unable to book a table in advance, but walking in around 4:40 got us a great table for two with no wait. I can distinctly remember the oysters, the pork face, the sausage-stuffed squid, and the pork fat donuts with sesame semi-freddo. Delicious and memorable!

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  • Girl & the Goat
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    there are so many fantastic things about the girl and the goat.

    if you can't get a reservation, try stopping in around 10-1030, grab a drink and you can likely squeeze in.

    go with a few friends so you can eat more dishes!! everything is sooooo good here, you'll want to eat more and more. i haven't had a dish i didn't like.

    it's such a fun restaurant with great atmosphere and vibes, just a lot of fun - eating, drinking, talking, and trying new dishes. the menu changes too, always a reason to go back :)

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  • Girl & the Goat

    Stephanie Izard's (from the show Top Chef) acclaimed restaurant. Great atmosphere and outdoor seating. Great drinks and amazing food! Get the pork shank, you won't regret it.

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    Pretty awesome, I have to say. I went with a friend of mine and her parents and it was great. We had the BEST bottle of red wine, and I wish I could remember the name!

    The dishes we got were completely random (we all selected different ones to share) and they were pretty great, some better than others. I will say one of my favorite aspects about this place was the atmosphere. It was cozy and comfy on a cold winter night and it hit the spot!

    Now, is it as amazing as everyone says? Eh. I'm not totally positive, but it's still definitely really good!

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  • Girl & the Goat

    This is one of my favorite restaurant in Chicago, maybe even the country. I have eaten at Alinea and Next, but I have to say the Girl & the Goat is up there as well. While the dining style differs from Alinea or Next, Girl & the Goat offers good delicious food that is relatively in expensive compared to the other two. They seem to focus on good, delicious flavor combinations and not so much on Avant-garde presentations.

    The Service:

    The service is excellent. Everyone is attentive and quite friendly. Drinks are promptly refilled and plates are occasionally replaced. I like how the dishes seem to come out properly timed with some type of progression from light to heavier dishes. It is tapas style dining and dishes come out in waves as to not overwhelm you. The servers are great about taking finished dishes and replaced plates with new ones. Overall great service.

    The Food:

    The food is AMAZING. This was my second time dining here. The first time was just as great, but I failed to complete my review. I honestly wanted to write an awesome review, but ended up waiting too long and couldn't recall everything I wanted to say. Therefore, I am glad I got this second opportunity to write this review. This particular time we ordered:

    Pretzel Bread (http://www.yelp.com/user_local_photos?select=U4n9mD-epA9qhxiOOBr-jQ&userid=3hWhXTkU83jsm3jIA-rkIg)-- Served with Honey Mustard Butter and 1000 Island. Very Original!

    Goat Carpaccio (http://www.yelp.com/user_local_photos?select=Z6bZz6aCfwv6ywEdSYn7mQ&userid=3hWhXTkU83jsm3jIA-rkIg) -- It is what you'd expect. Tasty!

    Pan Fried Shishito Peppers (http://www.yelp.com/user_local_photos?select=gslyVydNJ0KtDsUcgTM7UA&userid=3hWhXTkU83jsm3jIA-rkIg) -- Delicious. A little spice went will with the miso and cheese.

    Royal Red Shrimp Ceviche (http://www.yelp.com/user_local_photos?select=_iUn2K8gToO34UChzx_KrA&userid=3hWhXTkU83jsm3jIA-rkIg) - Fresh, Perfectly tender and well seasoned!

    Smoked Goat Rillette Empanadas -- Warm and Crispy went well with the hummus!

    Wood Grilled Broccoli (http://www.yelp.com/user_local_photos?select=A2llIcX4H_RFkq2Wt5mANg&userid=3hWhXTkU83jsm3jIA-rkIg) -- Served with Blue Cheese and Crisped Rice. Nice smoked falvor.

    Escargot Ravioli (http://www.yelp.com/user_local_photos?select=tZRyo-hemQbqVt5GEG9pLA&userid=3hWhXTkU83jsm3jIA-rkIg) -- Interesting. First time I had escargot. My least favorite, but not bad.

    Diver Scallops - Yum! served with braised duck and green papaya.

    Confit Goat Belly (http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/qjnpkS8yZO8xcyEIy5OU9A?select=qRKsPpcAj0fqc9W-ca3grA) -- Amazing! Very Lavish. Confit Goat belly topped with chunks of Crab, Lobster, and plenty of Bourbon butter.

    Pig Face (http://www.yelp.com/user_local_photos?select=EmlG7USEyXVg-3Lz7r2TrA&userid=3hWhXTkU83jsm3jIA-rkIg) -- One of my favorite dishes. Topped with egg, tamarind and cilantro. A nice crisp with a wonderful combination of flavors.

    Pork Shank (http://www.yelp.com/user_local_photos?select=T2pno2KmYLzcvewiuY0u9g&userid=3hWhXTkU83jsm3jIA-rkIg)-- Super tender. Falls off the bone. Served with spring onions and kim chi buttermilk.

    Red Tea Brulee (http://www.yelp.com/user_local_photos?select=4_YdTv-ED1gjim91r8f-mw&userid=3hWhXTkU83jsm3jIA-rkIg) -- A nice play on Creme brulee

    Quatro Leches (http://www.yelp.com/user_local_photos?select=GY6tokeoeoUs1mZ3iEGCDA&userid=3hWhXTkU83jsm3jIA-rkIg) -- A perfect combination of moist cake and berries. Not too sweet. Great way to end the meal.

    I definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting or in the Chicago area. Reservations are difficult. Usually need to be made months in advance, but well worth it!

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    close to impossible to get a table - so we sat at the bar. unfortunately there were lots of obnoxious people all over (patrons and employees), love the interior - food was good and flavorful - definitely overrated.

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    Best restaurant in Chicago.

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    Perfect group size here without ordering extra plates is 4-5. Get the pig face!

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    Love it! Just try ANYTHING!

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    Awesome! Green beans, pig face, and more.

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This Chicago restaurant partners with local farms to make up its 30 item (10 vegetarian, 10 meat, 10 fish) menu, which is served 7 days a week with a combination of sass and casual elegance, and often cooked by executive chef Stephanie Izard herself. Girl & the Goat is also a 2010 nominee for the James Beard Best New Restaurant Award.

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4.5 out of 5
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