Girl & the Goat

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Girl & the Goat Girl & the Goat - in Chicago. Photos, videos, maps, and event schedule. Chicago United States 41.884183 -87.647973
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Party Earth Review Tantalizing plates of veggies, fish, and, yes, plenty of takes on goat give Girl & the Goat wide appeal among everyone from hardcore foodies to adventurous groups of trendy friends. Opened in 2010, Top Chef winner Stephanie... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 4:30–11pm, F–Sa 4:30pm–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Girl & the Goat Review

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Girl & the Goat - in Chicago. Photos, videos, maps, and event schedule.

Tantalizing plates of veggies, fish, and, yes, plenty of takes on goat give Girl & the Goat wide appeal among everyone from hardcore foodies to adventurous groups of trendy friends.

Opened in 2010, Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard’s West Loop hotspot still sees reservations booked far in advance, but the cavernous loft space still fills almost instantly with eager, well-coifed guests from the minute the doors open.

Charcoal wood floors, massive repurposed columns, and retro Edison bulbs account for most of the décor, with only a few psychedelic paintings à la Alice in Wonderland to break up the sleek but earthy atmosphere.

The shiny bar supports the fortunate few who scored a seat early, while hurried bartenders serve sommelier-chosen wine, misty mixes of bourbon and ginger, or deftly crack the tops off international microbrews.

Innocuous gangs of fashion-forward gals grow ruthless once the house-baked breads with saliva-inducing spreads arrive, while hip male suitors and their swooning counterparts share bowls of beets with avocado crème fraîche or attack prehistoric-sized pork shanks.

More adventurous folks plunge heartily into the goat carpaccio and confit goat belly, but only after devouring the luscious goat liver mousse spread deep into the tiny pockets of buttery crumpets.

Every jaw-dropping bite off Girl & the Goat’s farm-to-table menu certainly comes with a wait, but being able to pair ridiculously tasty eats with a little lesson in patience can’t be all that baaaaaaad.

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Tip from Jonah:

Getting a reservation can be like head-butting the titular goat, so arrive early and sidle up to the bar, or take advantage of the full menu in the corner lounge over a glass of wine.

  • Crowd

    Fashionista foodies, smart couples, goateed goat lovers, successful business types, savvy tourists, followers of Top Chef hoping to see what the fuss is all about, mid-20s to late 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    N/A.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Frequently changing farm-to-table concept focusing on shareable plates of vegetables, fish, and meat (most notably goat), as well as house-made breads, charcuterie, and cheese plates.

    Venue features an underground room with space for up to 20 guests available for private parties.

    Reservations accepted and highly recommended, although walk-ins can always try their luck.

  • Prices

    Breads $5, dinner items $7–$25. Beer $5–$10, wine $10–$14/glass or $45–$95+/bottle, cocktails $7–$13.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Cool casual to trendy: jackets without ties, nice jeans, button-downs, above-the-knee skirts, sundresses, platform sandals, ankle boots.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early any night for a chance at walk-in seating, or any time a reservation can be had.

  • Close By

    Celeb chef seekers can continue their quest at g.e.b. (841 West Randolph Street), home to the latest offering from hard-rocking chef Graham Elliot who prepares simple dishes – using only three elements per dish – that focus on food more than flash.

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Daniel W. Apr 25, 2013
It has been a couple of weeks since I visited the Girl and the Goat and the expression comes to mind "I may not remember what you wore, but I will never forget the way you looked!" The ambience is warm, dim lights, loud conversation, modern rustic stylings... just my kinda place. Eronica was our server... that part we will not forget. She was sensational. The perfect mix of informative, friendly, funny and accommodating. If the other waiters are like her, I will give this advice... tell him/her how hungry you are, how adventurous you are, and let them guide you. Plates are for sharing - a little discrepancy between portion sizes eg. the delicious cauliflower 'side' was more filling and substantial than some of the fish dishes, so again, let Eronica or whoever you get, guide you through. Two guys (first anniversary fyi) and we polished off at least seven plates, at least one item from the various menus you will be offered (veg, fish, meat, oysters, cheese, dessert) With a bottle of the least expensive sparkling rose, our bill was about $120 and i would have paid $200... Book in advance is not bad advice... and if you are lucky enough to score Eronica, you are in for a top notch dining experience.
Not a bite to eat
Stacey C. Apr 2, 2013
July 28th, 2013. This is when my boyfriend and I will be dining at Girl and the Goat. Not only is it his birthday, but it's far enough in advance that I could guarantee a reservation. Last weekend, however, we found ourselves on Randolph street celebrating a little work success and couldn't help but pine over how long it will be before we dine on that succulent pig face that so many before us have bragged about. But, it occurred to us, why not just stop in for a drink? We were greeted by a smiling hostess with not an ounce of snootiness in her voice. Packed to the gills on a Thursday night, there was still one open spot calling our name by the bar, which our hostess so kindly pointed out. Access: granted. We ordered two glasses of wine and made ourselves comfortable. I had the Girl and the Goat reserve, while my boyfriend enjoyed a glass of Syrah. We were pleased, but not blown away by the wine. We didn't expect to be; we were there for the experience. As we looked around at the eclectic group, we couldn't help but smile… A small baby in the corner who had no idea how lucky he was to be feeding on mushy roasted cauliflower complete with pickled peppers, pine nuts and mint. Two businessmen who weren't just dining for business; they were foodies eager to try a new dish and talk about every bite. An older couple that looked like out-of-towners, but also food-lovers. Where else would they go but the most talked-about dining experience in town? Every single one of them had a smile on their mouth, and if their mouth was full, it was in their eyes. They were just happy to be there. We may not have eaten a bite, but we definitely enjoyed ourselves. Is July 28th here yet?
One of the best restaurants in Chicago!
Madeline C. Mar 15, 2013
I dined at Girl & the Goat last summer and loved the entire experience! We called a couple days ahead to see if we could get a reservation for dinner and they were completely booked, but we decided to go and grab a drink and see if they could fit us in. After 1 drink at the bar, a spot opened up at a table outside and we jumped at the chance. The tables outside are long family style tables where all the different parties sit together, which some may not like, but we met some really nice people and had a great time with it. The food is considered small plates that are shared among your group so I would recommend ordering a couple and passing them around. Everything is very unique and so so tasty! They provide a menu with a lot of variety, the prices are not bad (especially when considering how delicious everything is!) and the service is great as well. The servers were very knowledgeable. The atmosphere is fun and trendy, and laid back while being sophisticated at the same time. I have told everyone going to Chicago to check it out if they have the chance. Definitely going back next time I am in the city! I'd recommend calling pretty far in advance for a reservation, especially with a larger party. However, don't hesitate to stop in for a drink at the bar and see if there are any openings if you are in the area! Absolutely loved it!
Delicious food, top service, fun atmosphere, but very tough to get in.
Seth D. Sep 12, 2012
This place has awesome food and awesome service - the down side is the difficulty getting in. Here's the trick - either make a reservation way in advanced, or if you're not a planner, show up at 7:00 PM on a friday/saturday night, put your name down, then go for drinks at any of the great places nearby, and head back over around 9:00 for dinner. It's well worth the hassle. Also, if you can swing the kitchen table (a high-top for 2 at the end of the food line) the experience is over the top.
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