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Girl & the Goat

New American Restaurant and Gastropub$$$$
West Town, Chicago
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  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 12, 2011
    Sure it's tough to get in, but Stephanie Izard's hamachi crudo with crisp pork belly; pappardelle with goat, pork and veal sugo; and intricate veggie dishes make it worth the wait. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Cassy
    CassyFebruary 14
    Stephanie Izard is phenomenal - this is probably some of the most delicious food I've ever had in my life. Get the pig face, scallops, goat liver mousse and goat cheesecake. You won't be disappointed!
  • Harper W.
    Harper WentzJuly 18, 2015
    The squash blossoms are stuffed with crab and are fried perfectly to a golden brown. The pork belly melts in your mouth, and the ham frites are delicious. The miso butterscotch pudino is a must!
  • J L.
    J LJuly 7, 2013
    Pig face, Sugo, and Pork Belly. One can't go wrong with any of the three. The Kohlrabi Salad is amazing, Octo is awesome, and the Goat loin is delicious. Shishito peppers is just a meh.
  • Christopher V.
    Christopher Van DunkSeptember 5, 2013
    We had the best experience sitting at the kitchen counter. Only 2 seats at each end so you need to ask when u make you reservations. Great recommendations from both Gary & Hadley. Delicious.
  • David K.
    David K.June 27, 2013
    Worth every penny. If you can't get a seat, you can sit with others in the lounge and still access the full menu. The goat dishes are fabulous... But so is everything else.
  • Jacques A.
    Jacques ArsenaultJune 2, 2013
    If you can get here on the early side (open daily at 4:30) you can get a table sans reservation--we got a great window table arriving at 4:50 on a Friday evening. Also, don't miss the green beans!
  • Natta S.
    Natta SuphakanMay 31, 2014
    Here's a break down of what we got: raw oysters were awesome, goat carpaccio & scallops were too salty for me, pork shank was awesome!!!!!! Dessert was miso something interesting but good!!!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJune 22, 2012
    Try the ham frites: Hot skinny fries tossed with rendered pork fat and seasoned with an appealingly salty dehydrated ham powder. The smoked tomato aioli pairs better than the cheddar beer sauce. Read more
  • Felix B.
    Felix BanuchiAugust 6, 2014
    This place serves a varying array of dishes that are sure to please. When you have great food, wonderful decor and a good looking crowd, you're in for a treat...
  • Leland B.
    Leland BrewsterMay 12, 2015
    Definitely earns its reputation as some of the best food in Chicago! We loved everything but will call out the pork shank, goat belly, and frog legs in particular. You really can't go wrong.
  • Sara A.
    Sara AxelJanuary 15, 2012
    I have a food allergy and I have never been treated so well. They took amazing care of me and the food was some of the best I have tasted. So impressed. Don't miss the pig face. Thank you G&tG!
  • Ebrahim B.
    Ebrahim BandookwalaNovember 7, 2015
    Reservations are hard, catch a spot at the bar. The snail dumplings and goat liver mousse awesome! Would like more goat on menu! Sweetbreads? roasted Goat face ? Soup dumplings from hoove extract ?
  • Megan O.
    Megan OgulnickNovember 2, 2012
    Going with a group of 6 or more is the way to go! We had 8 people, tasted nearly every menu item, had cocktails/beer and only spent $50 each including tip. Delicious and so worth it!
  • Colin R.
    Colin ReynoldsDecember 18, 2015
    I love decadent food as much as the next but for all the hype, I was expecting something magical. To be sure, the food was delectable and the experience was excellent. Get the chickpea fritters!
  • Kyle T.
    Kyle TurmanJanuary 20
    Fantastic vibes and delicious small plates—get a few to share! The meats (like the Chicken and Seafood) are amazing, but don't skimp on the veggies. The Roasted Cauliflower was spectacular.
  • Ally F.
    Ally FuraiJanuary 31, 2014
    This NYC chick has to admit that this was one of the best meals of my life! The roasted pig's face was to die for. Must be open to being adventurous with food when coming here!
  • Myra R.
    Myra RubinAugust 12, 2013
    Pig Face!!! Still as delicious as the 1st time I ordered. If there's ever a shank on the menu, lamb or pork must order! Crispy skin, juicy meat.
  • Charlene C.
    Charlene CunninghamSeptember 13, 2014
    Reservations are needed unless luck is on your side! Try items outside your comfort zone- you will be surprised what you enjoy. Bittersweet chocolate - dessert w Thai basil gelato- fantastic :)
  • Patrick M.
    Stephanie Izard and her team are amazing, its great for dates. Lively environment and close seating will have you chatting with your neighbor about their dishes in no time. Stop in today!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureFebruary 21, 2014
    In an industrial space with burnt-cedar walls, Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard turns out nose-to-tail specialties, including fried pig face and kidneys stuffed with goat confit.
  • Michelle J.
    Worth the 2 month wait and lived up to every bit of the hype!!! This was a culinary experience I will never forget! Duck tongue, roasted pig face, and goat liver mousse were outstanding.
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongAugust 15, 2012
    diver scallops 4.5/5, pan roasted trout 4.5/5, pig face 4.75/5, beef tongue 4.5/5, raw shigoku oyster 5/5, goat ribs 4.75/5, chocolate magic shell 4.75/5, sweet corn and peaches 5/5 ...
  • Jenna K.
    Jenna KowalczykJanuary 24, 2015
    Luep de Mer & Pig Face is where it's at. Start with the feta bread & then order 5 more dishes. You'll be pleasantly stuffed and in heaven.
  • Sandy
    SandyAugust 31, 2013
    This place was totally worth the wait! We ordered the string beans, pork shank, the crudo, Thai chili bread, and oysters. Everything was so delicious, and the service is awesome.
  • Avi S.
    Avi SchwabOctober 15, 2013
    Good Jesus, order the goat leg. It's enough food for 8 people (with a few veg added in) but an amazingly prep'ed piece of meat. Smoked, braised, then crisped in the pizza oven. 👍👍
  • Sofia C.
    Sofia CortinaJanuary 7, 2013
    Everything is amazing!!!! I recommend Shrimp zucchini pasta for appetizer, Goat belly for main course and pumpkin pie gelato for desert.
  • Danielle @.
    Danielle @DanielleDuncanNovember 11, 2011
    Steph Izard is incredible, my friend and I have eaten her winning dishes at "Quickfires". We were blown away we tried shishito peppers, steamed mussels, beef ribs, pear wonton- and more. Amazing!!!
  • Caroline R.
    Caroline RubinMarch 25, 2015
    Would recommend 1-2 dishes per person and sharing. Favorite dishes were the cauliflower, duck breast, and Irish car bomb bread!
  • Lubor J.
    Lubor JarkovskyAugust 13, 2014
    Fine dining for a reasonable price? This is the place. The food was great, definitely try the duck tongues and goat liver mousse.
  • Moonchild
    MoonchildSeptember 15, 2014
    I love this place, and its definitely somewhere you need to go eat at when in Chicago. I recommend you to speak to your waiter and they can suggest the perfect dishes for you.
  • patricia s.
    patricia seoMay 16, 2013
    The Wood Oven Roasted Pig Face.... Pretty awesome~ most other dishes we tried, a bit too salty for our taste buds... (Pig face = Sunny side egg, tamarind, cilantro, red wine-maple, potato stix)
  • Ghaida Y.
    Ghaida YallaSeptember 10
    Sat at chef table - our server took amazing care of us! Top: bucatini, hamachi crudo, pb and j desert. Didn't love the squash blossom dish. Definitely worth a visit!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 3, 2014
    Four years in and Stephanie Izard's restaurant row flagship continues to be among the busiest - and best - restaurants in town. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Matt D.
    Matt DohertyMay 28, 2011
    Sit down, give yourself a good two hours because you're in for a ride. Get some breads and oysters to start. Then the green beans. My god the green beans are like crack! Then plow trough the menu
  • Linda F.
    Linda FelterMarch 25, 2015
    Don't underestimate the simple things here. The bread. The veggies. Don't get me wrong try goat, pig face, etc but the basics are delicious as well!
  • Reuben H.
    Reuben HoodJune 16, 2013
    Omg the goat cheese bavarios is the best desert I've ever had. The duck tongues are to die for. Best meal I've ever had!
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CooperFebruary 8, 2012
    Girl & the Goat is one of my top restaurants in Chicago! Prezel bread, cod cheeks, sugo, pork ribs and of course dessert = amazing! Wine selection is reasonable and not too pricey.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BretonMarch 25, 2015
    Don't be afraid of the Pig Face. It's delicious. On another note, all dishes are intended for sharing. Get one or two dishes per person.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 22, 2012
    There are a few here for a Top Chef sighting, but most seek the chef’s flavors. Don’t leave without taking risks: roast goat neck? Foie gras for dessert? Izard is evolving how ingredients are seen. Read more
  • Djordje G.
    Djordje GrkovicNovember 21, 2014
    The hamachi crudo and sugo are must haves. Oh, and maybe the best green beens I have ever eaten; don't miss out...
    Upvoted Sep 12
  • TOWN&COUNTRY
    TOWN&COUNTRYNovember 2, 2011
    Stephanie Izard's succulent, meaty entrees are worth the months-long wait for a reservation. Don't miss the wood-fired Walter's chicken, for which the daily bread is a perfect complement.
  • Exclusive Resorts
    Exclusive ResortsNovember 9, 2011
    Stephanie Izard's (only woman to have won Top Chef) Girl & the Goat is a dining experience not to be missed when visiting Chicago. Menu changes often but you can't go wrong w/ whatever you choose!
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 29
    Perfect balances of flavors & textures. How does she think of this stuff? Highly creative. Bread selection, salads, duck tongues, cauliflower, desserts. Great knowledgable staff. 🐐👍🏼
  • Jane K.
    Jane KimNovember 24, 2012
    Re: getting a seat in the lounge area. It's a delicate Thunderdome of a dance to stalk out your seat and then a Gladiator free-for-all to stake ur table. Our waiter is adorable!
  • Ellis S.
    Ellis Srubas-GiammancoAugust 12, 2014
    Get the green beans and pig face your first time. Reservations are impossible but a walk is only a 45 min wait on a busy night and you can order while you wait
  • Diana
    DianaAugust 14, 2014
    Pig face + sautéed green beans = match made in heaven. And save room for dessert! Peaches n buttermilk cream honey-graham cake with almonds hit the spot.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergMay 4, 2013
    You know how there are only reservations at like 4:30 and 11? Well, that's because the experience is so freakin' awesome that there's nothing else left. Try the green beans, and never skip the bread.
  • Valerie
    ValerieJune 25, 2014
    The beet salad was fabulous! We also enjoyed the pork shank and the green beans. The plantain cake was kind of weird, I'd pass on that dessert next time.
  • Subhro M.
    Subhro MFebruary 21, 2015
    Hard to find a open table, interesting food options. Try the breads, goat options and beans. Dont forget the desserts. Slightly overhyped overall
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