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“Cheap & Cheerful”
Review of Billy Goat Tavern

Billy Goat Tavern
Ranked #219 of 9,614 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
Description: This historic greasy spoon is famous for its role in the legendary Curse of the Billy Goat on the Chicago Cubs and its "Saturday Night Live" cheezborger skit. Remember, no fries, chips!
Madison, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Cheap & Cheerful”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

The BGT is nothing to look at when you first walk in. To be honest is looks like any cheap burger joint and bar, but if you're like me and like some character and history in places, then try this one out.

The bar was a famous haunt for Tribune journalists back in the day, and the bar is lined with photos of many of them, plus many other celebs. This bar was the basis for the classic SNL "Cheezeboiger" sketch with John Belushi, and indeed, there's a signed picture of Jake and Elwood (The Blues Brothers) on the wall.

The barman (Bobby) pours his drinks 'old style', so if he likes you watch out, you'll be staggering out.

Oh... and they do a good cheeseburger too! ;-)

Visited January 2013
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London
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“It is a classic”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

Took my family here for breakfast. It has not changed in the last 7 years. It is not great food, but is good food and the atmosphere is authentic. Still has the pictures of all the greats up on the wall.

  • Visited December 2012
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Athens, Alabama
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Cheezborger, Cheezborger, Cheezborger”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

First of all, don't have expectations for a ritzy, high class burger joint. Billy Goat Tavern is an underground, down to earth, real talk, hole in the wall type burger joint. The staff consists of authentic Chicago locals, who serve cheap, thin, greasy cheese/hamburgers that taste quite delicious.

The place contains a lot of interesting history. The atmosphere gives an authentic Chicago experience in my opinion, so I am glad that my group decided to eat lunch here one day. I recommend at least giving Billy Goat Tavern a chance while in Chicago!

Visited November 2012
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Anchorage, Alaska
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12 reviews
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“Great late night stop for food and beer”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

This little hidden dive is truly a gem. The beer was good, and the cheezeborger was awesome. It was fun to look at all the photos of famous journalists on the wall and the staff was nice. I would recommend everyone to stop by here on their trip to Chicago. It's a nice break from all the fluff in downtown Chicago.

  • Visited December 2012
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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“greasy burgers”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

they pushed the double cheeseburgers and they weren't good..u have to put ur on condiments on and they didn't have lettuce or tomato..would not visit here again...

Visited December 2012
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