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Girl & The Goat
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Ranked #8 of 9,925 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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.
Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

This restaurant was amazing, the ambiance is great, food...wow! Very creative. We had the pig face which was sooo good, don't be scared of it, it's worth trying. Everything we tasted was very fulfilling! Don't miss it.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

We tried the Purple Pig one night and Girl and the Goat the next. Both were VERY good. We didn't have a reservation but showed up shortly after the restaurant opened and were seated immediately. Great food, nice wine selection and terrific servers. We can see why it's a hit in Chicago.

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

We had very high expectations. The restaurant is highly rated and we were unable to get a reservation. We arrived at 5 PM and were seated right away. The waitress was friendly and efficient. Three of our four choices were good (not great). The squash blossom and crab rangoon was unsatisfactory. I know this restaurant is hip and trendy, but we've had better meals.

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Hard to believe that this restaurant is here for five years already. I have dined here whenever I am in the area and would be a regular, if it were in my neighborhood. While goat dishes are on the menu, there are plenty of choices. I have tried the pig's head and it is not something that made me a fan...because I had a tough time overcoming that image. If you are an adventurous diner, the you will be delighted with the unique selections. If you like traditional dishes, the scallop and halibut preparations are divine. I love to come back for the green beans that are so much better than anywhere else. Even if you have to dine at the bar, it is well worth the trip. Reservations are needed months in advance, but it never hurts to try a last minute stop or call in case of cancellations. Dish sizes vary and most can be shared by at least two and up to four people. The more dishes you order, the more you can taste. Your palette will be hooked. From the freshly baked bread through dessert, you will be glad you got a seat! One great thing was the server asking if there were any food allergies...nice to know that the chef would be cautious if needed.

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Reviewed 18 July 2014

That's how I would describe it. A lot of the dishes 'feel' like comfort food but it's refined and elevated to another level. I was a big fan of the chef Stephanie Izard when she was on Top Chef but I just never got the chance to make it to her restaurant on previous visits to Chicago. This time we made a point of trying it out, we didn't make reservations, it was Sunday night and we were starving so we decided to walk by and see if the wait was manageable (lots of other restaurants nearby if not). On the way we got caught in a torrential downpour that left us half soaked even despite our umbrella. This proved to be a blessing in disguise though since there was an opening as soon as we arrived and bedraggled though we were the kind staff were unphased and seated us immediately.

The first thing that struck me was how big it is, it's a big space with an army of chefs in the kitchen and a lot of bustle, it's beautifully decorated, the staff are friendly and offered great suggestions.

Highlights of the meal included the Pig Face (must try) and the goat empanadas (part of the namesake) and the chickpea fritters...delicious. Its a fun menu that you can't go wrong with, we enjoyed it very much.

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