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“Creative menu & good food but way overhyped, hard to get into & loud”
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Girl & The Goat
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Ranked #8 of 9,717 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: 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 February 16, 2013


- Menu is diverse & gives you the opportunity to try new things.

- All around good food with plenty of selections of obscure items.

- Trendy atmosphere (though not cozy).

- Delicious pork shoulder


- Just look at how many people have given reviews on trip advisor. This gives give you an indication of how overhyped up this place is. Getting a reservation is an extreme challenge. When you arrive, there are of people waiting outside and at the entrance, and every table is full.

- Due to the crowds, meals feel rushed. Waiters are a bit in your face as they try to move things along too quickly.

- Very loud atmosphere. Not the sort of place you go for conversation. Perhaps good if you'd rather have coctails with dinner and people watch. However, to me, it felt like being at a loud party with arrogant 20 - 30 somethings who come to the city to try the 1 "hot place" everyone is talking about. Didn't feel cozy at all, and this was at 10:30 at night on a Thursday!

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

I love the gastropub movement that is taking off in America and redefining American cuisine. So many other cultures have distinct food style. The Gastropub is restoring that for American food. Girl and the Goat is the most consistent and well-rounded restaurant I've eaten at in Chicago so far.

Small menus are always excellent. There is an extensive beer and wine menu, a small bread and oyster menu, and a bit larger (yet still small) dinner menu. The dinner menu is split into V, F, and M - Veggies, Fish, and Meat. Each category offers between 4-6 dishes that are all very unique and delicious sounding. There is also a goat menu. If you call ahead, you can get a huge amount of goat meat. There is a cheese menu as well.

We ordered:
-marinated olives
-Rye bread w/salmon cream and a fresh, crunchy, and light relish
-kona kampachi crudo with crisp pork belly, chili aioli, caperberries (this was, in my opinion, my favourite dish - dynamic, lots of contrasting and interacting flavours and textures)
-diver scallops with pork sausage . shiitake . bok choy . butternut squash (the scallops were incredibly tender, and the sausage had a very light and fresh asian flare, similar to the inside of a good potsticker. The sauce and other ingredients were fresh and complimented each other well. Good textures as well)
-sugo with pappardelle . rosemary . gooseberries (this dish was rich and homey. The gooseberries added sourness, sweetness, and texture, while the homemade pappardelle added a great texture)
-wood oven roasted pig face with sunny side egg . tamarind . cilantro . red wine-maple . potato stix (again, lots of good textures. The cilantro and red-wine maple added a light and sweetness to contrast the richness of egg and pig face. Potato stix added great crunch and texture)

Overall, food was very consistent from one plate to the other. Flavours were good, but the textures stood out for this restaurant.

Service - attentive, polite, non-intrusive.

Atmosphere - cozy, rustic, and classy, exposed brick and wood, large windows, rustic old-fashioned lightbulbs, some communal tables made out of old reclaimed wood. Not pretentious, it's not a traditional fine dining restaurant. It kind of embodies the ethos of Mumford&Sons - they would totally hang out here.

With all these dishes it came to around 100$. The dishes are small plate and around 12-14$ each and to be shared. The food is mostly locally sourced and very fresh, good quality, so it is worth what you pay for it. Not overpriced.

Try it out. Anyone can feel welcome here - its not a hipster haven like Graham Elliot or L&E.

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Thank CooperFlatoff
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Girl & The Goat is a unique restaurant and should not be missed. All the dishes I've had in four trips have been great. Be willing to try everything and you'll be happy you did. The food is reasonably priced compared to the other great restaurants in the city.

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Very good food, though perhaps not as good as we expected. The hype surrounding this place led my wife and I to expect something downright transcendent. Perhaps our expectations were too high. Still, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal, and would love to return.

All the dishes look/sound incredible on the menu, but the meat & fish plates were generally better. Grilled octopus was delicious. The vegetable dishes were very fresh and also tasty, but somewhat less exciting and more one-dimensional in terms of flavor. They were cooked and prepared perfectly, but we found ourselves wanting something more. The shishoto peppers, for example, were quite good – but an entire plate of them was just a lot of the same taste. We ate late on a Wednesday night (post 10:00 reservation), so our choices were decidedly lighter than they might have been at, say, 8:00 on a Friday. The goat dishes all looked outstanding, and we regret not trying them. The real standout was dessert – two of the best we’ve ever had. Both the ruby red grapefruit kulfi (light and sweet) and the bittersweet chocolate (rich and indulgent) were outstanding, and they complimented each other perfectly.

The setting was bustling and fun. Expect a young crowd, and a buzzing – even boisterous – atmosphere.

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Thank yeahwrite
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

I know this seems like an obvious statement, but this place is not great for vegetarians. I went with my carnivorous family and they loved it, but I found it difficult to eat. Even some of their famous veggie dishes, like the green beans, have a meat or fish sauce on them!

It was a fun place to try and definitely has a buzz surrounding it, but I left wanting a bit more...Great staff, though. Our waitress was super knowledgeable and very honest with her opinions on what we were ordering. Much appreciated.

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