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Dining at Girl & the Goat

A few months ago I was in Chicago for a work conference and I had the most incredible and wonderful dining experience at Girl & the Goat. Stephanie Izard, the owner of the restaurant won “Top Chef!” For our team dinner, we had our own private room downstairs. The room where we dined was lovely and rustic, featuring a beautiful setting on a wood table with candles and a plant in the center.


We met Gary, our go-to server for the evening and he was awesome. He knew the menu well, listened and tended to our dietary needs, and was completely gracious throughout the night.

I asked if any of the amazing-sounding cocktails could be made without alcohol and so I got The Royal Rubus that way. It was citrusy soda with lemon bitters, blackberry and lime. It came in a brilliant raspberry red and was very tasty and refreshing.


The meal started off with an assortment of breads: One sourdough with little pieces of ham in it, which was okay. I didn’t have a ton of flavor but I liked the green peas and ham that came with it. There was also muffin top bread, which was nicely moist and it came with yummy seasoned butter.


Next we had “Fried Naked Cowboys” which were fried oysters with egg salad on the bottom. These came in cute little spoons and one bite form. Even though I’m not a huge fan of oysters, it was quite good fried and the sauce on top worked well with it.


Then there was salad which consisted of fennel, evalon cheese, toasted almonds and blueberries. This was nice and I especially liked the cheese, which was a sweet goat cheese with fruity and nutty finish. It added an additional layer of delightful flavor to the salad.


The goat empanadas were one of my favorite dishes. It had strawberry, white asparagus with it and smashed avocado underneath. The empanadas were perfectly crispy and the goat meat was so very flavorful and melted in my mouth!


We also had green garlic pierogis which was decent, but I didn’t taste a strong garlic taste. The filling was like mashed potatoes.

The vegetables we had were cauliflower, broccoli and string beans. The cauliflower dish had pickled peppers, pine nuts and parmesan cheese. It was slightly crispy and had a nice burst of flavor. The broccoli had little crisps and the green beans had yummy cashews!


The entrees were pasta, fish and pork shank. The pasta was spiral with tons of appetizing beef, which was wonderfully juicy and incredibly savory. There were also little orange tomatoes and tomatoes on top that were fresh and flavorful. We also had wild striped bass in a coconut green curry, new potatoes and artichokes. I enjoyed this dish, especially the slightly charred skin on the fish.


Last, was the crisp braised pork shank with naan and the following dipping sauces: Grilled spring onion kimchi and buttermilk dressing. The pork was so wonderful and tender!  I loved the crunchiness of it.

Pork Shank_Girl&Goat

After all that, there were 5 different types of desserts. My absolute favorite was vanilla gelato with chocolate shell, caramel sauce and caramel popcorn. This dessert was truly delectable and so decadent. I could have a whole bowl of it if I wasn’t already so stuffed.


My second favorite dessert was balls of coated gelato with peanut butter inside and candied peanuts.


There was also a tres leches cake with strawberry and some pudding, as well as fruity sorbet. It was a nice, light and yummy treat.

Then there was a pudding-like dessert with a blend of pure toffee pieces, expresso and vanilla. The last dessert was different and interesting. It consisted of gelatin, blueberries and pieces of meringue.


Each dish from appetizer, to entree, to dessert was well thought out and unique in a good way. All of the food exceeded my expectations and was mouthwateringly delicious! The service was impeccable. Everything came together seamlessly. This is absolutely one of the best dinners I have ever had!

Girl & The Goat
809 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL

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Dining at Dos Caminos


I’ve been wanting to dine at trendy Mexican restaurant, Dos Caminos since forever so I was happy to have the chance to do so tonight at the Park Avenue South location. It was a nice, cozy spot with cushioned seats. Upon the recommendation of my friend,  I had the Jamaican Lemonade — which is lemonade with lime juice and syrup. It was both tart and sweet as well as refreshing.

My friend and I shared the Dos Caminos Bocadito Trio, which consisted of chicken taquitos, quesadillas and plantain empanadas. The taquitos were my favorite – I enjoyed that taste of crispy chicken and crunchy wrapped shell, as it should be (some Mexican restaurants call tacos taquitos). The mexico city street quesadillas were pretty good with shredded pork but looked and tasted more like empanadas. The plantain empanadas were just okay- The soft interior combined well with crispy exterior and  I did like the sauce it came with.


As for the entree, I had a tough time choosing between the prickled pear short rib special with squash & brussel sprouts or the baby back ribs with  truffled sweet corn and pineapple. I ultimately decided on the baby back ribs, but I think the short ribs would have been the more interesting and unique dish. The entrees came with spanish rice and beans. The ribs were guava-glazed and had a wonderfully sweet flavor. The meat was tender, coming right off the bone and slightly burnt at the ends which is how I like it. The truffled sweet corn esquites were good… They were underneath the ribs and a mash of sweet corn, mayonnaise, crumbled cheese and some kind of red powder all mixed together.


My friend ordered the fish special with peppers. I actually really enjoyed his dish. It was light and tasted delicious. I liked the crispiness of the crust and the flavor of the fish itself. The peppers were soaked in some kind of sauce and balanced the dish.


We decided to try dessert as well and settled on the Mexican Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae to share. The sundae came with vanilla bean ice cream, warm churros, chocolate covered cocoa mini brownies, as well as hot fudge and butterscotch sauces. We poured both sauces over the sundae and it was delectable… Sweet, rich, creamy flavors all mingling together and the churros were fried to perfection. The churros were even better when dipped in some butterscotch sauce.


A delightful and satisfying meal with decent service, though the server could have been a little more attentive. However when all is said and done, I would definitely go back and try something more authentically Mexican…



Dos Caminos
373 Park Avenue South + Meatpacking, SoHo, 3rd Ave locations
New York, NY
Dos Caminos

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