I'm a HUGE fan of Top Chef. I've loved the show since the beginning.
Season Four was a tough season. I loved Stephanie Izard and she totally deserved to win, but I loved Richard Blais as well and was just as psyched when he won Top Chef Masters.
But, when I heard about Stephanie's restaurant called Girl & the Goat located in the West Loop area of Chicago about a mile from our hotel, I knew we had to go there. Unfortunately when I tried to make a reservation online, Open Table told me they were booked solid for 8 weeks. So I called. And was told that if I got there at 4:30pm we'd have no problem walking right in. So we arrived at 4:25pm and waited until the doors opened. And we weren't the only ones. By 5pm on a random Tuesday night (late afternoon?) this place was bumping. Does the midwest like to eat early or is this place always so busy? I'm going to go with the latter.
The atmosphere is really cool; exposed ceilings, open bar, kitchen and windows and comfortable seating.
The menu is set up in three different categories. V, F and M. V for Vegetarian, F for Fish, M for Meat. Now that doesn't mean that all the Vegetarian dishes are meatfree, it just means that the star of the dish is vegetables. Same goes for the others. So naturally we ordered 1 V dish, 1 F dish and two M dishes : ) Our waitress told us to order 2-3 dishes per person. We ordered 4 dishes plus bread and trust me it was enough! We were super full!
Aren't they gorgeous?
The last dish we ordered was the Wood Oven Roasted Pig Face. Yes you heard me correctly. I'm really not even sure what pig face is but it was served as a pieced together patty with potato sticks and a runny egg on top. Is there anything better than a runny egg?
Unfortunately, after so much food, we were unable to order dessert since we were so incredibly full. But check out their dessert list!
The Pork Fat doughnuts definitely intrigued me. Next time.
If you are in or visiting Chicago stop by Girl and the Goat. It is so worth it! I loved the atmosphere, the service and most importantly, the food was so unique and outstanding.
I highly recommend checking it out : )
Have you ever been to a Top Chef's restaurant?