Girl & the Goat opened in summer of 2010 with the goal of serving a family style menu of tasty, bold flavored foods with global influence in a fun and lively setting that makes our guests feel at home from the moment they walk in the door. To enhance the experience we offer a selection of wines from around the world with a focus on small producers, a rotating list of craft beers with a celebration of local Chicago breweries and a list of fun cocktails created by our bartenders. The menus are extensive and have a little something for everyone, and our staff if happy to help create the perfect dining experience for every guest that joins them.
Located at 809 W Randolph, Girl & the Goat was one of the first establishments in the Randolph Restaurant Corridor. We offer a variety of seating choices, including a comfortable lounge, bar seats, standard table seating, and four seats close enough to the kitchen line that you might be asked to help. Girl & the Goat accepts reservations but always welcomes walk-ins, nomads, adventurers, and those of you who don’t like to plan.
Girl & the Goat is open 7 days a week, because The Goat is a tireless beast, and besides, who needs rest anyway?
Stephanie Izard was born in Chicago, Illinois. She growing up in Stamford, Connecticut, attended the University of Michigan followed by Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona, then returned to Chicago in 2000 to pursue her culinary career.
After cooking at various Chicago restaurants for amazing chefs (Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Vong; Sean McClain at Spring; Dale Levitski at La Tache) she opened her first restaurant Scylla in Bucktown in 2004. A few years later she had the opportunity to compete on Bravo's Top Chef, which she won along with being named fan favorite.
The idea for Girl & the Goat began to take shape after Stephanie met her business partners Rob and Kevin of BOKA Restaurant Group. After taking much time and care in choosing the location in the West Loop, the restaurant opened in Summer 2010. Across the street, Stephanie opened Little Goat Diner just a few years later. As the West Loop continues to be a happy home for the goat restaurants, Izard will launch her third restaurant with the BOKA group in the neighborhood in 2015.
Girl & the Goat was nominated best new restaurant by the James Beard Foundation in 2011 and Izard won the Beard award for Best Chef Great Lakes in 2013. She was also named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2010.
Rob Katz once missed a triple double when he was 17 by one assist and it still bothers him. His admiration of Canadians is legendary. He is better at backgammon and racquetball than you are. He carries a good luck charm around and it usually works. Rob can often be found in one of his dining rooms discussing why Vancouver is the world’s most underrated city.
Kevin Boehm’s favorite restaurant movie is Big Night. He feels like the Cubs have taken 5-7 years off of his life. He eats sushi constantly but has never gotten mercury poisoning. He has been known to sing at Karaoke Bars with great passion and volume. He thinks Chicago is the greatest city in the world. On most nights he can be found in one of his dining rooms discussing food, wine, or telling colorful anecdotes.