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Girl & the Goat

New American Restaurant and Gastropub$$$$
West Town, Chicago
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  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Upvoted Jun 11
  • 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!!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ?
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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 :)
  • Meaghan F.
    Meaghan FordDecember 2, 2010
    definitely try a bread to start things off. the chickpea fritters and squash ravioli were to die. green beans very good. ham fries with beer cheese and tomato aioli a good pairing with meat, but bewar
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick Mackey2 weeks ago
    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!
  • Mercedes
    MercedesMarch 1, 2014
    Never thought I'd say this but pig's face is a must from the menu. Hamachi crudo is amazing as well, same with the grilled beets. Desserts are ok but nothing to cheer about; stick to the main courses
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tom L.
    Tom LeeApril 1, 2013
    It's impossible to step inside Stephanie Izard's West Loop restaurant, popular with chefs and locals alike, and not feel the joy. The sense of community and comfort are widely apparent, from the so...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Think you'll never get a reservation at Girl and the Goat before, say, the state balances its budget? Take the after-work bar and lounge route instead for a chance to try “Top Chef” winner Stephanie I Read more
  • 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)
  • 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!!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Ekaterina R.
    Ekaterina RSeptember 11, 2013
    Food was inventive and tasty but the place does tend to take itself a tad too seriously. I got bored and left before getting desert. Spoiler alert - apple pie at next door Haymarket is to-die-for.
  • 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!
  • Alison
    AlisonAugust 16, 2010
    Try the bread to start. The Cauliflower was a great savory veggie option! The crisp with pork belly, and the scallops, were great seafood selections. And the goat pizza was good too..
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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. 👍👍
  • Christina C.
    Christina C.December 29, 2012
    Stand by bar/lounge to stalk customers to get a seat without reservations. It's every man for themselves. Fries, pig cheeks, scallop & shishito peppers are good but on the salty side. Goat was ok.
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GruberJune 28, 2011
    We didn't know how many plates to get, so we asked the waitress who said 4/person. You really only need 3/person - everything is so rich! Our favs were the green beans & the cauliflower
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 10, 2012
    There are lots of child-friendly options on the menu: ham frites and chickpea fritters with romesco and hazelnut hummus are hits. And all the bustle means no one has to be super quiet. Read more
  • Kyle T.
    Kyle TurmanJanuary 20
    It's also a tad hard to get into unless you book reservations far in advance, but the lounge area as you enter to the left is full-service if you can snag a spot there.
  • 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. 🐐👍🏼
  • 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.
  • Penny R.
    Penny RossNovember 21, 2010
    Who would have thought pig face tasted Sooooo good? One of the many surprisingly delicious ingredients dished up. Amazing ribs too- earn your free wet wipes by eating them with your fingers!
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰April 29, 2014
    Tasty kohlrabi salad. The food is salty. The goat is heavy and comes with nothing to cut down the fat (which would help if they didn't serve items in the order that they're ready from the kitchen).
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
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