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“Complex flavors, nicely done”
Review of Girl & The Goat

Girl & The Goat
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Ranked #10 of 9,544 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: West Loop
Cross street: Halsted
Transit: #8 Halsted Bus at Randolph
Description: Girl & the Goat has been serving fun foods, craft beers, and making wine in a rustic and kick-butt environment since summer 2010. The restaurant opens at 4:30 every day, and stays open until 11pm on weeknights and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays (until those last late night eaters scrape their fork across the plate for the last time, or finish licking their plates until they're shiny and clean). The Goat's menu is divided into three categories: Vegetable, Fish, and of course Meat--while vegetable, fish, or meat are respectively the main stars of their categories, there are crossovers in each area so you'll get a little bit of everything. Bread is baked daily, and there are always new creations on the menu. Girl & the Goat sits in the West Loop smack dab in the Randolph Restaurant Corridor, but the location is still gritty enough to appeal to the chef’s integrity. The Goat has a variety of seating choices, including a comfortable lounge, bar seats, standard table seating, and four seats close enough to the kitchen line that you might be asked to help.Girl & the Goat blended their own wine, and it's tasty. There are beers on tap from Three Floyd’s and a couple others. If you're lucky, you might come across the elusive collaboration beers that Stephanie personally crafted with a couple of beer buddy cohorts. In addition to tap beers, there's also a bunch of bottles to choose from. Girl & the Goat is open 7 days a week, because The Goat is a tireless beast, and besides, who needs rest anyway? Girl & the Goat accepts reservations but always welcomes walk-ins, nomads, adventurers, and those of you who don’t like to plan.
Kansas City, Missouri
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“Complex flavors, nicely done”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Made a visit to this restaurant on a business trip to Chicago. We actually took over a reservation that someone else couldn't use, and at the time of the reservation, at 5:30 PM, the restaurant was already completely packed. We tried to make our own reservations, but apparently booking has to be done way in advance if you don't want to wait until after 10 PM to eat.

However, the food was excellent--combinations of complex flavors and ingredients that one wouldn't normally expect, but all were quite well done. I would caution anyone that for any of the sites that assign this restaurant $$ out of $$$$, this may be a bit misleading. The reason I say this is that although most of the dishes are between $15 and $25 range, those are for small plate portions. The waiter suggested that for us, a couple, we should expect to order 4-5 dishes. For four small dishes, plus bread, and tap water, the bill was $92. So if the expectation is that most would order about that much food, plus maybe an alcoholic beverage, you would easily top $50 per person.

It's worth it if you are looking for some very special dishes that you would not find anywhere else. If you are looking to get a lot of food though, bring plenty of money. :)

Visited June 2014
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“Different & Interesting”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

A kind of mixage of american food with Korean style and flavors, we ordered around 10 to 12 difference dishes to shared, nice food flavors trip with some confusing mariage some time, but overall nice place to enjoy a diner. Reservation is the must!!

  • Visited June 2014
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“Interesting Menu....however, Great Food and Service”
Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

Menu is as unique as the name of the restaurant. Family style eating where everyone at the table shares the food. Table ordered ... Duck tongue, Pig face, Pork Shank, and several veggies. All together 10 different items. Waiter determines which food to bring out and when...so the meal stretches out to an hour and a half. Outstanding food....excellent service. This restaurant is a must if you are in the area.

Visited June 2014
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“Perfect for Foodies”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Get the roasted cauliflower...could've eaten the whole thing myself. The pork belly was delicious (of course, you must like pork; if you don't, try it anyhow; it may just turn you). Green beans, fish/salmon, grilled baby octopus, all were very tasty. Flavors were so complex that I couldn't even begin to replicate it if I tried, and I'm a pretty decent cook. We didn't try any of the more exotic stuff like duck tongue and definitely none from the goat section. Although a bit on the rich side, the small plates offered a great sampling without killing the digestive system.

Our server was excellent and patiently explained the menu items we questioned. Clearly, he's very passionate about the food here and his work. His enthusiasm was contagious. Menu changes, so the same item may be paired with other things and flavors on a different date. I suppose the change up will give repeat customers something new to look forward to.

It also has a cafe Little Goat Diner across the street that offers diner fare, although I'm sure the food will still be quite eclectic.

  • Visited May 2014
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“Your tastebuds will thank you..!”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Amazing food selection, creative dishes, great service and beautiful decor - what more can I say? The menu changes all the time but they are known for their tapas-style cuisine. You order a couple of small dishes to share - which makes it fun b/c you get to try a bit of everything! My favourite was the squid ink rice and pig face (i know riiiight? Sounds weird, tastes awesome!!!)

Visited April 2014
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