Double entendre alert. If we say “goat,” maybe you imagine the hooved and horned animals related to sheep. You know, the ones that outwitted that troll under the bridge on their way to the grassy hillside. Nowadays, “GOAT” is also commonly used to refer to someone who is the best at what they do — the “Greatest of All Time.” Maybe Michael Jordan comes to mind. In this case, Michael Jordan’s town should come to mind, because we’re talking about a restaurant in Chicago that just may be the GOAT in every sense of the word: Specifically, Girl & the Goat.

A pioneer in the Randolph Restaurant Corridor, Girl & the Goat opened in summer of 2010 to rave reviews. The James Beard Foundation nominated it as “Best New Restaurant” in 2011, and crowned Executive Chef Stephanie Izard as “Best Chef Great Lakes” in 2013. Offering a family style menu of tasty, bold flavored foods with global influence in a fun and lively setting, the popular spot makes its guests feel at home from the moment they walk in the door.

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According to Zagat, “This hopping West Loop star is known for life-altering small plates that feature both fun uses of familiar ingredients and more adventurous options (the ‘pig face’ is a must).” And to enhance the experience, Girl & the Goat offers a selection of wines from around the world with a focus on small producers, a rotating list of craft beers including local Chicago breweries, and a list of fun cocktails created by its bartenders.

And the best part? All this can be yours in a private event. The private dining room at Girl & the Goat is known as the Underground Goat. This space warmly echoes the casual, rustic atmosphere of the main dining room and is located beneath the restaurant — but rest assured there are no trolls — in a cozy, candlelit room that can accommodate parties for up 22 seated around a large communal table and up to 26 seated around two tables of 13. The private event menus feature seasonal dishes. The signature whole roasted goat leg is a showstopper. And adventurous groups seeking a truly “goat-centric” experience will love the “Goat Menu” — celebrating the restaurant’s namesake with four of its favorite goat dishes.

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So whether you’re looking for bold and exotic, troll-free dishes of the delicious, sheep-relative variety, or simply craving your friends’ undying admiration — hey, we all want to be the GOAT — Girl & the Goat is the spot for you.

Topics: chicago, private events, chefs, event spaces, james beard awards

Written by Keir Beadling

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