If you find yourself in Chicago any time soon, do not miss a chance to eat at Stephanie Izard’s Girl and the Goat. We had a dinner there on Friday that was fantastic.
A few notes:
-we didn’t have reservations, but being on vacation, we were able to arrive at 4:50 pm (which we justified as being almost 6:00 EDT) and snag a great table at the front windows. There was also plenty of bar space at that point, though it filled up fast.
- do not pass up the green beans. While they sound pretty simple (fried shallots, fish sauce vinaigrette, and cashews) they were one of the best dishes on the menu, not bad for about 8 bucks.
- the cocktails were also excellent, including nice twists on Pimms cup, margarita, and an old-fashioned
-if you don’t have time to get to Girl and the Goat for dinner, across the street are Little Goat Diner, and Little Goat Bread. The latter is a cafe/bakery which provided our breakfast before heading out to O’Hare, and they make a mean scone and a great cold brew.
Liz and I have been to nearly a dozen restaurants from Top Chef and Top Chef Masters contestants, and at this point, this dinner beats them all, even Brian Voltaggio’s Volt, which cost about twice as much.