Girl and the Goat
Neighborhood: Meatpacking District
Address: 809 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
Phone Number: (312) 492-6262
Price Range: $40-70
Our Rating: 5 out of 5
What We Tried: Wood Grilled Broccoli, Sweet Tomato Corn Bread, Pan Seared Diver Scallops, Goat Empanadas, Crisp Braised Pork Shank, Peaches and Blueberry Buckle, Zucchini Bread, Chocolate Brownie with Basil Gelato
Our Take: We’re becoming semi-Meatpacking District groupies, but I’m not mad about it. After crossing Publican off our list, we had to make it across the street to the next hot spot on our list, Girl and the Goat. Girl and the Goat is another one of those places where you need a reservation two months in advance to get a table for three at 8:45 pm on a Wednesday. But, as always, it’s worth it.
We chose an item from every section of the menu, and then our waiter came up with “a plan” (his words) for the order in which our dishes would arrive from the kitchen. You share all the plates, family-style—probably a good thing, because this is the kind of restaurant you bring up three months later (“Remember that wood grilled broccoli? I dream about it!”), and you need people who can relate.
My favorite dish? The scallops. But you shouldn’t be surprised there. The goat empanadas were a revelation, and tasted very different from the goat I ate all summer in Nepal. (Though both were a sign of a special occasion). And the wood-grilled broccoli? Now I can see where those people who eat grilled cauliflower instead of steak are coming from. Total game-changer: the pig face. Which…is an actual pig’s face. Click here to see how it’s made. Or don’t.