Hey piggy, I like your face.
I know my first blog post started off with some not-so-nice things to say about Chicago and its pizza. So Chicago, here is my [quasi] apology in the form of a quiz (for all of you back-to-schoolers):
Chicago 101 – Pop Quiz
Please answer the following true/false statements:
1. Chicago is a gorgeous city.
☒ I think cute is a more accurate description (in a good way)
2. The people in Chicago are super friendly.
☒ I’ve never heard the words ‘sorry’, ‘excuse me’ and ‘bless you’ so many times in my life
3. The food in Chicago is amazing anywhere you go.
☒ Mostly true
4. When you are in Chicago, you must try Chicago-style pizza.
☒ Don’t waste your time
So let’s talk about food that I did like in Chicago. Normally when my boyfriend (and fellow piglet) Andrew and I are trying food in a new city, our motto is simple: WWAD = What Would Anthony Do? We typically start our research by seeing where Anthony Bourdain has eaten in that particular city. Good old Anth hasn’t lead us astray…yet. Of Anth’s list of eats in Chicago, I was particularly excited about Girl & The Goat. Little did I know it was pretty much impossible to get a table at this restaurant without making a reservation months in advance. And we didn’t plan this trip much in advance. However, I don’t give up easily, so my persistence got us an 11:45 PM reservation on our first night in the city. Ya, that’s sounding like less of an accomplishment and more of a mistake now that I’m reading it.
We were exhausted and knew there was no way we were going to wait that long to eat dinner, but we also knew we’d regret it if we ate somewhere else, so we ended up going to the restaurant around 9 PM to see if by chance they’d have an empty table lying around (which obviously, they didn’t, I just like to believe in miracles). They did, however, have a bar area and a little lounge where, if you stood around like a vulture waiting for people to finish their meals, you could grab a spot. Which we did. With dignity. We didn’t hover and stare, I swear. Thirty minutes of casual creeping [yes, that’s what I’m going to call it] and we had a seat!
We (specifically, our alter-egos, Vacation Tara and Vacation Andrew) don’t normally restrict ourselves, but because the exchange rate was garbage, we had to refrain from ordering everything on the menu. I don’t normally order salad because salad doesn’t make friends, but this one had kohlrabi in it, plus I don’t need anymore friends (kohlrabi salad pictured above with fennel, evalon, toasted almonds and blueberries). It was good. Not life-changing, but good.
We knew we wanted to order something off of the goat menu (goat liver mousse, goat carpaccio, goat empanadas, confit goat belly, goat neck or goat legs available by pre-order), and since we didn’t have any legs on pre-order (insert sarcastic tone here), we went with the belly, because belly always wins. And this time was no different. I only wish there was more! The portion was pretty small, but every bite was so flavourful!
We saw from online reviews that the pig face is a must, so we ordered that too. And I thank God every day that we did. Best face I have ever eaten (sorry Andrew). That little piggy’s face was unbelievably tender and every component was full of flavour. The portion size was perfect for two. Well, I mean, I wouldn’t exactly complain if there were more of it on the plate.
I’d definitely go here again the next time I find myself in Chicago, hopefully then I’ll have enough lead time to make a reservation.
Sunday – Thursday: 4:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 4:30 PM – 12:00 AM