Goat Liver Mousse. Goat Carpaccio. Goat empanadas. Goat Loin. Confit Goat Belly. First of all…YES…Goat is definitely the center of the menu at The Girl and The Goat and it IS delicious in its many forms. Ever since Top Chef Star Stephanie Izard opened her West Loop hot spot, The Girl and The Goat, it has been an award winning dining sensation and destination. I have known people who have flown to Chicago JUST to eat at this restaurant. I’m serious. It is still a hot spot and you WILL still have to wait.. maybe for hours if you do not have reservations. Stephanie’s last name actually translates to “little goat” and that was part of the inspiration for the menu and the theme. Her small plates concept includes food that is inventive and every dish tastes like something you have never had before. I recently ate there with a party of four and they recommended we order 8 to 9 dishes. It is hearty. It is delicious. And when you order 9 dishes, it is not cheap. Our menu this particular night ranged from shishito peppers, to escargot filled ravioli, goat ribs, roasted beet salad, pork shank, and my favorite item on the menu called Sugo which is like a tagliatelle with a rich ragu. Sorry no room for dessert. The Girl and the Goat is a tremendous dining experience and now evident FOUR years after opening it is definitely still worth the hype. Without reservations, I would suggest going when the doors open, putting your name on the list, and having some appetizers and cocktails at the bar and be willing to wait with good friends in anticipation of a unique and delicious experience! Cheers!