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“A must-do Chicago experience”
Review of Billy Goat Tavern

Billy Goat Tavern
Ranked #208 of 9,883 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch
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!
Reviewed September 27, 2013

Firstly, you must go underground (on the street level below the Chicago Tribune bldg) to get to Billy Goat's, which is an automatic cool point. As soon as you enter the tavern, the staff encourages you to shout out your order. It's fun, quick, tasty food (I had the double cheezborger) and they have a lot of charming memorabilia displayed. Great!

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

Okay, so I had to eat here because of the SNL hype. Definitely a touristy place and a little bit of a sketchy location. Had a double-cheeseburger and a beer. I wouldn't necessarily return, but it's just one of those places you have to experience.

1  Thank Kathy W
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Maybe you have to be of a certain age. But I recall the SNL skit "cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, no fries, chips" and wanted to see where that was born. I was not disappointed by the Bill Goat Tavern. Getting there is half the fun. It's underground, underneath the highway. Those neon lights beckoning you are perfect. And when you open the door you can survey it all from the top of the steps. The L shaped bar, lots of tables and of course the busy grill. Not much to order except cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger and truly NO FRIES. CHIPS. And you get your choice of single, double or triple patty. If you really want to eat, get a triple - it's about as much as single anywhere else - and saddle up to the bar where you can see all the memorabilia this place has to offer. Definitely worth the trip.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Go with friends and you will have fun enjoying a few drinks and listening to the server say "cheezborger cheezborger" over and over again. Do not expect a great food experience its all about the entertainment of the staff which is cool.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I knew this was a dive, but the "famous cheezeborger" was on par with White Castle. It's terrible. Save yourself some time, watch the SNL skit on YouTube and don't waste your Chicago vacation coming here.

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