Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Break Chicago: Girl and the Goat

Girl and the Goat has been one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago for a long time, and it's also crazy popular. I went once during senior year of college with some friends (after weeks of waiting on reservations), and it was so amazing that we went back the next day at 11pm and still had to wait an hour to get seated. I really wanted to return here during our trip, and was lucky enough to snipe a spot at a decent time for our large group :) 

Cool ass decor. Photo cred goes to my friend Mimi who snapped this with her phone. I was too preoccupied by the food to notice the wall art.

Bread - we ordered two but only one is pictured here. The bread is not complimentary, but I always order it since it's not just plain bread. The variety is interesting and it's accompanied by great spreads, plus it's one of the more affordable items on the menu.

Duck tongues with tuna and black bean poke, crispy wontons, and piri piri. I really liked this dish, despite having no idea what black bean poke and piri piri are...

The famous wood-oven roasted pig face with sunny-side egg, tamarind, cilantro, red wine-maple, and potato stix. This was a crowd pleaser.

Roasted cauliflower with pickled peppers, pine nuts, and mint. This was my favorite -- since while a lot of the other dishes were delicious, they were pretty heavy. This was perfect. Pine nuts and mint go so well with cauliflower, who knew.

Sugo and pappardelle with rosemary and cape gooseberries. During my last visit, this was my favorite, and it was just as I remembered. The ribbon-y pasta is just incredible.

Lamb ribs with marcona almond, chopped salad, and yogurt jus. The lamb meat was falling off the bone tender.

Confit goat belly with bourbon butter, lobster, crab, and fennel. Goat and lobster are a crazy combo, and the bourbon butter brought this dish over the top.

Sauteed green beans with fish sauce vinaigrette and cashews. This was very solid and I liked this way more than expected, considering how simple it is.

Plantain cake with cream cheese-chocolate chip gelato, passion fruit, and left hand milk stout. I couldn't taste the plantain, but I'm a passion fruit fiend and this was incredible. Passion fruit anything is good.

Miso-butterscotch budino with bacon toffee, glazed pineapple, and candied cashews. I learned that budino is a type of pudding. I couldn't detect any miso flavor, but still tasty.

I'm smiling in here, but deep down I'm sad to leave :(

809 W. Randolph St.
Chicago IL, 60607
(312) 492-6262

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