Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Finally Made it to Girl & The Goat

Before tonight, I had tried a shrimp sandwich from the Little Goat in the French Market, bread from Stephanie Izard's Little Goat, and brunch at Little Goat Diner.  I finally made it up to the one of the top Chicago food destinations for dinner -- Girl & The Goat.  I tried to make reservations online, but the next available was for a spot more than a month away; I tried calling, but only unconventional times were available. My buddy Flo and I decided we'd be open to sit in the bar or patio (which they reserve for walk-ins) and headed over after work.  We were actually seated at a table right away -- side by side at a huge banquet table shared with others.  The couple across from us offered their bread to us, but we politely declined.  I've been to a bunch of places with communal dining, but this was by far the most awkward seating situation I've come across.
We ordered the roasted beets, which had a delightful avocado creme fraiche; wood fired scallops that were not the best I've had; pan roasted halibut which had flavorings reminiscent of cheddar & sour cream Ruffles and duenjang; and of course, some goat in the form of empanadas.  Everything tasted great and the ingredients were selectively-sourced, but I didn't think the dishes merited the significantly higher prices.  The two empanadas were $16 and the two scallops were $17; that's a bit much.
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