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Girl & the Goat

809 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Critic’s Notes

Two years after its much-hyped debut, chef Stephanie Izard’s bold, loud, and perpetually crowded small-plate hotspot is still one of the toughest reservations in town. The surprise? It’s improving. Izard shows a unique talent for infusing unexpected sweetness into the heartiest of dishes, lacing sweet bacon relish over a tempura-style trout and popping tiny gooseberries into a meaty sugo pappardelle. Goat dishes—try the amazing goat shank special—remain a fun if often greasy staple, but it’s Izard’s take on seafood, such as whitefish in a goat chowder with apple gremolata, that conjures up fond memories of her previous spot, Scylla. Personable servers, who know their way around the exhaustive beer list and smart by-the-glass wine offerings, help make the trip worth the traffic.

Dishes We Liked

Kohlrabi salad ($8); pan-roasted whitefish in goat chowder ($13); wood-fired Walter’s Chicken ($23); roasted cauliflower, pickled peppers, pine nuts, and mint ($11);goat shank, Brussels sprouts, and apple mostarda (market price); pumpkin pie gelato with spiced cake, spiced pecans, blackberries, Thai whipped cream, and milk stout ($8)

Additional Information:

Price: $40-$49
Cuisine: Contemporary American
Neighborhood: West Loop/West Town
Noteworthy: Child friendly
High noise level
Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Will seat past 10:30 p.m.
Hours: D daily. Late seating Fri, Sat.
Date Opened: 7/12/2010
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