When I went? I’ve been to Girl and the Goat twice now… first, about a year ago and more recently, about a month ago.
Who went? Both times there, my husband and I were on a double date with different couples.
Favorite part? Hands down, the ridiculously amazing wood oven roasted pig face! You see, the menu is split up into three sections: vegetarian, fish, and meat but I have to admit that both times we were there, I hardly even glanced at it. Why, you ask? Because Girl and the Goat is another one of those foodie restos (I say that in the most positive way possible this time, unlike when I reviewed Baume & Brix – which I coincidentally just learned has already closed (not surprised!)) where even though you may have never heard of some of the items and dishes on the menu, whatever you go with, you will most likely love and will eventually be licking the plate to gobble up every morsel (welllll, maybe you won’t go that far but you catch my drift, right?!) To elaborate, whatever you choose is often ten times better than whatever the menu description pans it out to be. So usually, myself and the other girl that we’re there with will leave the ordering up to our food-adventurous men. So far, so good. Like the pig face, for instance… never in my right mind would I think that I would something called pig face. I mean, whaaaaaat?!?! But here’s the thing, while the name might be off-putting, the dish is anything but. I wish I could put into words how freaking amazing it is but I’ll leave it at this: there are so many different components to it (an egg, for starters, is just one of it’s perfect ingredients) and the whole thing just works. So well. So SO well. To the point that we all really did want to lick the plate after it was devoured in a matter of minutes, errr seconds. Just thinking about it makes me hungry! Other stellar entree items that I really loved were the roasted cauliflower and the naan which comes on the side of the crisp braised pork shank (which is always a fav amongst the men). The chickpea fritters are a win as well!
Least Fav Part? Hmmmm, this is a tough one. What I will say is this: the menu changes frequently and while the pig face will always be a staple (thank goodness!), a few dishes that we loved from the first time around were no longer being offered when we went on our most recent visit. I know when my brother and sister-in-law went a few months back that they weren’t that impressed with the menu options at that time (but then again I also know that they didn’t get the pig face (rookie mistake!)).
Overall, would I go back? 100% YES!! I love the scene and I love the food, so of course I will be back! But here’s the deal, it probably won’t be for at least 6-7 months from now because the one super frustrating thing about this restaurant is that you cannot get a reservation on a whim. Nor can you get a reservation for even 3-4 months out, especially if you want to go during prime hours! I seriously believe that it is the most booked restaurant in Chicago, and it’s been that way since Stephanie Izard (also the brains behind Little Goat) opened it in July of 2010!
So what are you waiting for? Go book your resies now and then while you’re there, talk to the host and make a reservation to go again, no matter how long you’ll have to wait! #worthit
Girl and the Goat is located at 809 W Randolph St in the West Loop area of Chicago!