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Any recent visits to the Girl & the Goat?

schaf1 May 26, 2011 05:47 AM

Thinking about going to the G&G. I've heard very mixed reviews. CH's are usually accurate. Thanks for your comments.

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  1. nsxtasy RE: schaf1 May 26, 2011 08:17 AM

    I went there last month and posted a detailed report at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/742267

    You may have heard mixed comments from me. I liked Girl and the Goat, except for the desserts. I also like some other places better, notably Sable and Inovasi, both of which feature a similar "small plates" menu. But that shouldn't take anything away from G&TG. Try it!

    G&TG starts taking reservations on Opentable for any given date three months in advance. They may block off prime times so you may need to phone them instead (as you can also do any time you don't see availability on Opentable). Otherwise, you'll need to go early (like before 5:30) to avoid waits of one to two hours, even on weekdays.

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      ms. mika RE: schaf1 May 26, 2011 10:19 AM

      G&TG is great. If you can get in, you should definitely try it. I've been 4 different times, with the most recent visit being my favorite. I think the place definitely lives up to the hype.

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        Biz3000 RE: schaf1 Jun 4, 2011 04:55 PM

        I love this place. Really interesting and delicious food. Loved the way the menu is organized light to heavy under Veg, Fish, and Meat. All the dishes had intense, unexpected, and well-balanced flavors. I was particularly impressed by the salads (who knew raw squash could be the hit of the night?), but every dish was a fun experience. The goat was a must for serious carnivores, but could be the equivalent of second hand smoke for veggies. The wait staff was extremely competent and upbeat without that annoying foodie arrogant overdone BS. An unusual wine list, but easy going help to negotiate it. Great vibe, probably because everyone in there has been looking forward to it for 3 months.

        1. chicgail RE: schaf1 Jun 4, 2011 09:16 PM

          Get your reservations early. It's not an easy one to get.

          I was there this week and it was one of the best meals ever. Not a single dish that we didn't think was wonderful.

          We had the signature pig face (I expected a huge head of pig to come to the table, but it was just a little delectable disk). Our waitress offered us a trio of the veggies: roasted cauliflower (I make this all the time and no comparison), green beans and the shishito peppers. We had fried oysters, sockeye salmon and lamb tartar. Every one a winner. Just wished we had more room to eat!

          My only complaint - if you can call it that - was that we arrived early and spent a little time in the bar and here was a very small selection of mixed drinks and none of them interested me. So I had a nice glass of wine. I much prefer good food to good drink anyway.

          The environment ranged from jeans and tees to suits. No one looked or seemed to feel out of place. The staff is knowledgeable, upbeat and young.

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            Whigsboy RE: schaf1 Jun 6, 2011 01:16 PM

            In town for business. Ate at G&G last night. Ate at Sable the night before. I thought G&G was a notch above. I didn't get to sample as much at Sable as I did at G&G, but I left Sable feeling a bit underwhelmed. Although my cocktail, the Fire & Ice, was brilliant.

            Fire & Ice
            1000 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60621

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              chicgail RE: Whigsboy Jun 6, 2011 01:35 PM

              I agree. Both establishments do a fine job. G & the G is better on the food side; Sable does better cocktails.

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                nsxtasy RE: Whigsboy Jun 6, 2011 02:15 PM

                My opinion is the opposite. I liked the food at G&TG, with some great dishes, a lot of good ones, a few that were just okay, and the desserts as major disappointments. At Sable I've loved everything I've had there.

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                  Whigsboy RE: nsxtasy Jun 6, 2011 03:22 PM

                  Hope you're still checking this. Want to do some provincial Mexican tonight. Solo diner. Is there a bar as Salpicon where I could sit, or Mexique? I'm staying near Hubbard Inn, and would prefer to walk.

                  1529 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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                    nsxtasy RE: Whigsboy Jun 6, 2011 06:08 PM

                    Sorry it's been a few hours. It's been a while since I've been to Salpicon and I just don't remember. At Mexique, there's a bar, but it's sort of in the middle of the room, and if they're busy, you're better off at a table. Also Mexique is about two miles from Hubbard Inn.

                    I've never been afraid to ask for a table when dining solo.

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                      bobdobilina RE: nsxtasy Jun 17, 2011 05:05 PM

                      Both Salpicon and Mexique have bars you can eat at.

                      1529 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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