If you’re fortunate enough to dine at Girl & The Goat, you’ll be obsessed too. It’s simply one of the best restaurants I’ve ever had the pleasure of dining at.
I’m not exactly easy to please, either, so when I say my experience at Girl & The Goat was perfection from start to finish, I really mean it.
I actually heard of G & G after Rosie talked about her experience on The Rosie Show. I literally was online seconds later, making the reservation. Girl and The Goat. Send! My chubby fingers could not type fast enough (That’s exercise, right?).
Look, if you’re in the Chicago area or plan on visiting, you’ve got to check it out. I got extremely lucky. Not only did I get a 7:15 PM reservation on short notice (someone must have canceled minutes before) but I also had the pleasure of sitting at the chef’s table. It was the perfect storm of awesome. (Special thanks to Chef Bryan, a really cool guy to chat with and watch prepare some of our favorite dishes!)
The Breads: You’ll want to start here. The Brioche with lemon butter is soooo good, warm & delicious…it just melts in your mouth and makes you feel all cozy.
Have you ever tasted green beans that were made just so, so much so that you couldn’t stop thinking about them? Me either, until I tasted Chef Stephanie Izard’s creation.
Chef Stephanie revealed her famous green bean recipe on The Rosie Show yesterday. No specific measurements were given, but if you love to cook, this shouldn’t be a big problem. And let’s face it, you may be able to duplicate the flavor, but not the experience of eating this wonder at the actual restaurant. That said, it’s fun to experiment, and you may not want to fly to Chicago to try this.
UPDATE: THUMBS UP! — totally delish. HOWEVER, DON’T BREAK YOUR BACK TRYING TO GET SAMBAL. The idea is, you want some heat in the mix. Any chili paste will work. My personal opinion.
UPDATE #2: I ADDED A TOUCH OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TO THE MAYO MIXTURE AND IT MADE THE FLAVOR BRIGHTER. Again, it’s all a matter of taste.
UPDATE #3: girl & the goat magic beans official recipe from Chef Stephanie Izard
I went in to Girl & The Goat with the idea of, “show me what you’ve got” and, trust me, this is the way to go. We basically said, “we’ve never eaten here before, just bring us what you think we’d love.” Do this. Try stuff you’ve never had before. Think you won’t like pig face? Think again! How about braised beef tongue? Delicious! They don’t get anything wrong.
The cocktails: No matter what libation — and I tried three or four — they were liquid parties in the mouth. Scrumptious.
Tony, our waiter, anticipated our every need before we even thought of it. In fact, every single staff member was on their A-game, as if they had invited us to their home for dinner. Pride, friendliness, knowledge of their craft. You simply couldn’t ask for anything more.
Bottom line: If you’re looking for the perfect evening of luxurious yet totally unpretentious cuisine, get yourself over to G & G.
Organization mentioned on the Rosie Show: Common Threads: Educating children on the importance of nutrition, physical well-being & appreciation of cultural diversity.