809 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
Sat, 10/03/2015, 4:20pm walk-in
Ever since Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard opened up Girl and the Goat, the restaurant has been a madhouse. People congregate, waiting to get a table before the restaurant even opens (and I'm no exception to this). It's 4:20pm, my friends and I put our names down on the list. We are one of the lucky ones who barely makes it to get a table before they run out of availability in a few minutes. The staff double check their tables to make sure everything is perfectly aligned. It's 4:30pm sharp and the servers wait in a straight line to receive the name of their hungry customers from the maître d'. Each server knows exactly who they're getting and where they're waiting.
At 4:30pm, we are seated to our table. We have 1.5 hours to finish our meal before the next party (who were smart enough to make a res) are seated at our table. Those who weren't so lucky to get a table wait at the bar and drink away (and there seems to be many of them). The last time I came to this spot, I waited 3 hours. Not this time around.
I felt relaxed as soon as I sat down. There is an exposed brick wall that makes you feel like you're really in Chicago. And somehow, we are transported to being in a fancy ranch style home with the wooden flooring and ceiling. The dim lighting allows the dramatic open kitchen to shine through. I'm so looking forward to dinner at this point...
|Another picture of the interior
|The servers line up waiting for their diners
|WOOD GRILLED BROCCOLI ($11.00): Rogue smokey bleu, spiced crispies. For broccoli, this was delicious. It had that nice, smokey woody flavor that I appreciate. It was a little spicy and they were cooked well. I liked this dish.