I think most Chicagoans probably went to Girl and the Goat when it opened seven years ago, but I was a Washingtonian at the time, so I only had the pleasure of visiting for the first time last week. And it was, wow.
Two dear friends of mine gifted me a gift certificate to Girl and the Goat before I left DC and I tried and tried to get a reservation, but they seemed to be fully booked in perpetuity. Last Thursday, on a whim, I decided to try for a Friday night (fat chance, or so I thought)–lo and behold, there was a lone reservation for 5:15pm. Now, this is a little earlier than I like to eat, but I have a 10pm bedtime, so I jumped on it. (The waitress said that’s how a lot of folks end up getting a reservation–so, if you’re in town or just want a last minute reservation–try OpenTable a day or two ahead of time, you may get lucky!)
The restaurant is on Randolph Street in the West Loop (when I was growing up there was very little in the West Loop, now it’s the epicenter of Chicago’s trendiest restaurants). David and I were seated at the chef’s table, so we had a view right into the kitchen (it was a little toasty, but well worth it) and to see delicious dishes as they were prepared.
We ordered the goat carpaccio, roasted beets, oysters, grilled cuttlefish, and–the real show stopper–the sauteed green beans with cashews (in a fish sauce vinaigrette that was both amazing and indescribable).
Obviously, I highly recommend this restaurant. Just what the Internet needed, another review of Girl and the Goat.
Goodbye for meow.