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Food of Chicago: Girl & the Goat

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It’s the second time for us to visit the Girl & the Goat by Top Chef Stephanie Izard. It is ridiculously hard to get a reservation at this place. The first reservation in April was made in January, and this reservation in May was made in March. But when you do get to this place, you will not regret the long wait.

We had friends visiting from Milwaukee, WI this week. The four of us looked forward to this epic dinner, so we decided to take a cab to this restaurant instead of the good old El train. We arrived at the Girl & the Goat in the West Loop half an hour before the reservation time, 7pm. The restaurant was packed. And we ended up waiting for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to get seated – yes, it is kind of ridiculous ’cause reservation was made months ahead, and they still can’t seem to get the timing right. During the long wait, we memorized the menu. And by the time we got seated, we ordered a few drinks (to calm ourselves down) and food.

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Everything that we ordered was fantastic: (We ordered 7 dishes for the 4 of us)

Here is the Fat bread, served with smoked duck fat butter. The butter was so tasty and it went so well with the warm fluffy bread.

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Next, we got the duck tongues. This dish is quite unique as we had never thought how well the duck tongue can go with the black beans and tuna. Delicious entrees!

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Next, grilled baby octopus. This dish was really good. Despite the fact that I’m allergic to seafood, the juice dripped from the octopus mixed so well with favas and pistachios along with a hint of lemon vinaigrette.

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Next, wood oven roasted pig face. Holy crap, this is DELICIOUS. The taste enriched with maple, red wine made this dish memorable.

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Next, crispy braised pork shank. The food came out in order this time. Pork shank was excellent. And it was the last of the many dishes we tried that night, so it didn’t fill us up too early in the meal.

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Next, moving on to desserts!

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Their dessert is a must-have. Order the miso-butterscotch budino. Inside there is bacon toffee, glazed pineapple and candied cashews. Did I say bacon? No worries, ladies. You won’t even be able to taste the bacon. All you will taste is the sweetness of the epic dessert. You will enjoy every bite of this dessert even if you’re full.

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Overall, service, food, decoration are excellent. Though, I really don’t think the long wait is acceptable for a fine restaurant like this. I mean, if you want us to wait 45 minutes after our reservation time, you might as well call us ahead of time, so we can spend more time elsewhere before standing at the door.

Rating: 4/5

Food of chicago: the Southern

3/5 stars

For a Friday evening, the Southern is a prime spot for group dinner. August and I visited the Southern this past Friday for dinner. Their decor was nice. From time to time, we felt we are eating in a fancy garage. Other than that, It’s a great place for groups, but not so much for a date, as it does get a bit noisy with its low ceiling and plasma tvs.

As for appetizer, we started with hushpuppies. It is a fried cornmeal delight with a side of artichoke spread.

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The fried cornmeal alone was delicious. The artichoke spread could be heavier. The taste combined with the fried cornmeal wasn’t enriched enough.

Then, we moved on to the piggly wiggly. It is a slow roasted pork shoulder with bbq black eyed peas and potato salad. Let’s look at each portion first. The two sides are great, the black eyed peas and potatoes were a great add to the roasted pork shoulder. The pork shoulder was well done. Best part is that its not too dried that you can enjoy the fat melted in the meat.

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Lastly, we moved on to th strawberry biscuit. Oh lord, this restaurant was okay until we hit the desserts. This desserts were layers of biscuits-strawberry-biscuits-whipped cream-strawberry. I highly recommend getting this awesome dessert at the end to treat your sweet tooth a vacation.

To wrap up, this restaurant is a fine spot for group dinner. I wouldn’t come here for a date, as it gets really noisy when the game is on or when the place gets crowded. But service is great. Though they only have one washroom, so its kind of annoying to wait 10 minutes for number 1.