It was so good we ate there twice. The dishes are well conceived and much more than you would expect given the decor. Think again if you are expecting bar fare. P and I had breakfast there and then went back with R & T for lunch when Hot Doug’s fell through. I was so upset we did not get to try the famous Hot Doug’s, but the line was crazy and I could not justify spending 3 plus hours of our Chicago trip in it. For breakfast we tried the steak and eggs (upper right-beautiful presentation) and the fried chicken and waffles. My favorite dish at lunch was the bison sloppy joe with fried sage (bottom middle).
It’s a shop that sells pie…how can you go wrong? We were a bit disappointed that they were all sold out of their pastry crust pies but the other ones were still SO good. All of these were TASTY! Lesson learned: get there early for full pie options 🙂
We went for the burger. We had read so many reviews and recommendations based on the burger here, we could not pass it up. And well, not the best burger I’ve ever had. It was good, but it did not blow me away. Look at that crazy thick bacon that came on it! I did really enjoy the bone marrow.
We went here for breakfast and I was a happy camper. P and I had stopped by the day before and had a piece of pie, which was delicious. The bartender gave us a little tip – if you get there early you can avoid the wait, and this was true. Our boat tour was at 10 so we got up for an early breakfast. All the dishes were great. My favorite was the banana, bacon, and peanut butter waffles.
Oh, the hype is true. I’ve wanted to go to the Girl and the Goat forever, in fact it was my only criteria for the trip:) When R & T brought up the trip, the first words out of my mouth was “We’re in, if we can go to Girl and the Goat”. It was a food affair, and I was not disappointed. It was such a food affair, that it required pens and deep thought to choose our dishes.We even got a free appetizer! We also got great seats right in front of the open kitchen, but no sighting of “the girl”.
This was another top pick to try for Chicago. The food was a complete win, with some interesting combinations. The atmosphere, was well, loud. Honestly, we were there for the food so it was fine, but I’m not sure what the restaurant would work for otherwise. I wouldn’t say it was good for a date or a business meeting, or anything where you want to have a good conversation. I was tickled that they offered genever (which I first had in Ghent). The unexpected winner was the nectarine salad, which had a surprising combination of flavors (first on the left, second row). We also tried blood sausage (middle, bottom row)!
Because….I’m obsessed. I made P get up early before we headed to Millennium Park and we grabbed some to take back to the room. I didn’t care we were having brunch in a few hours. I’m really glad we got to try them! The strawberry and cream one was my favorite, but they were all good (we also had chocolate and peanut butter, roasted pineapple and bacon, and coconut cream).
They had me at pastry board! The Bloody Mary was quite tasty, but I was not too impressed with the chicken and biscuits (we’ve already established I have a go-to brunch dish) 🙂 The benedict was quite good though.
Oh man, it was meat heaven. I’m such a sucker for charcuterie! The service was wonderful, and we were greeted so warmly. We got a free appetizer here too. If you are into cured meats this is a must stop!! I would love to go back and try some of their sausages too.
It was quite the epic eating trip, and I’m so glad we got to share it with Ryan and Tara! It is so good to have friends that are into food as much we are! They were such great sports with all my picture taking too!
For the other half of our Chicago trip, check out Booze & Views