A girl at the Girl and the Goat
Dinner at Stephanie Izard's Girl and the Goat.
I’ve been trying to get to more good restaurants this year. Luckily Joe and Meredith have spearheaded a movement to get together once a month at a place we’ve all wanted to try. Unluckily they will soon be moving to Pittsburgh so this newly found tradition will probably be short lived. Last weekend though was our second installment at one of the current “it” places of Chicago: Girl & The Goat, a semi-casual West Loop restaurant opened by Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard.
The restaurant has a goat theme with goats on the walls, the staff t-shirts, the menus and even the menu items.
I ordered up a glass of viognier wine and we scoured the menu that was sliced between vegetarian, fish, and meat sections (though there was fish in some of the vegetables and meat in some of the fish).
Since the Girl and the Goat menu was all small plates (though very large servings compared to what most places have for small plates), and since there were eight of us at the table, we managed to make a pretty good dent in the menu. We had about 13 different dishes plus three different breads plus three different desserts. And we each got to try it all!
What I ate at Girl and the Goat:
Buenos Dias bread with coffee butter and blueberry oil.
Smoked goat pizza with apple soffrito, black kale, ricotta, and cipollini.
Seared scallops with pumpkin brandade, pecans, fried brussel sprouts, tarragon, and pomegranate.
Roasted cauliflower with fennel, blueberries, evalon, and toasted almonds.
Sauteed shrimp with peanut pork ragu, shiitake, and spaghetti squash.
Wood oven roasted pig face with sunny side egg, tamarind, cilantro, and potato stix.
Goat cheese bavarois with blueberry and brown sugar cake.
Sweet corn nougat with plum-apricot and bacon.