Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Trip to Chicago, IL (Day 2): The Girl and the Goat

For our second night out, we had reservations to the Girl and the Goat. I've been a big fan of Chef Stephanie Izzard since her Top Chef days. Her restaurant has been revered over and over again by critics. And friends of our have also recommended it. So it was a no brainer to have dinner here. Their menu is made for sharing which is great for groups, big or small.
To start, we had the fried Naked Cowboy oysters with egg salad and capers. Plump crispy oysters giving a sweet yet briny flavor. Nicely executed and delicious. The flavors worked really well together.

Next, the pan fried shishito peppers with parmesan, miso paste, and sesame. These were amazing. Sweet or hot shishito peppers (it's a lottery!) covered in an umami rich sauce of pungent cheese, savory miso, and sesame seeds. These were incredibly addicting and luckily they served us a whole bowl of these. We devoured every last morsel without any issues.
To lighten things up, we also chose a chickpea fritter salad with deep fried chickpea sticks (think fried hummus) which were amazing. They were accompanied by a variety of greens and vegetables. Really delicious stuff.
And of course we couldn't go to the Girl and the Goat without having some goat. Here are the goat empanadas with blueberries and salad on top. Really moist goat meat enveloped with a thin dough fried until crispy. The only thing that was off for me was the blueberries. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this dish.
And the big meat of the night was the crisp braised pork shank with buttermilk and buffalo sauce. On the side was pickled apples and naan. Crispy crusted pork with tender meat inside. The buttermilk and buffalo sauce was a take on the buffalo wings idea. The naan was soft and delicious as well. This dish was quite large and could easily be split between four people.
And finally, the pan seared diver scallops sugar snap peas and bacon. A sweet tender scallop in a creamy sauce with fresh farm vegetables and the smokiness of the bacon. A simple dish with complicated flavors.
The Girl and the Goat was a fantastic restaurant. The food was superb and the service friendly. It's a really fun place to go with friends and everyone at the restaurant seemed to be having a really good time. I would not hesitate to go back again.

The Girl and the Goat
809 W Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312)492-6262
girlandthegoat.com

1 comment:

  1. one of my favorite meals when we last year.

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