Monday, October 11, 2010

G & t.G

809 W Randolph
Chicago, IL 60607
  • Marques de Vargas Rioja Riserva 2004
  • 2007 Cal Blanca Toro
  • Pretzel. Smoked Swiss Butter. 1000 Island
  • Raw Fanny Bay Oysters. Radish Mignonette. Tarragon
  • Roasted Cauliflower. Pickled Peppers. Mint
  • Chickpea Fritters. Romesco. Hazelnut Hummus. Sesame. Crave Brothers Mozzarella
  • Seared Scallops. Pumpkin Brandade. Pecans. Fried Brussels Sprouts. Tarragon. Pommegranate
  • Lamb Sausage Stuffed Calamari. Sweet Garlic. Sweetbread Crisp, Currant Saor
  • Ham Frites. Smoked Tomato Aioli. Cheddar Beer Sauce
  • Wood Oven Roasted Pig Face. Sunny Side Egg. Tamarind. Cilantro. Potato Stix
  • Braised Beef Tongue. Masa. Beef Vinaigrette. Salsa Verde
Last night Leif and I enjoyed another one of our super special foodie dinners with Angela and Brian! I have to be honest, this is one of my favorite traditions we've started recently and last night the four of us proudly slid into our table at the hottest restaurant in Chicago! Girl and the Goat is touted by Chef Stephanie Izzard as a "candy shop for meat lovers" and folks are flocking to this slightly bad ass high-end gastropub in droves. Sure, this former Top Chef winner has a bunch of celebrity hype to live up to, but she was head down in the kitchen from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. She is clearly focused on her food and for the most part her efforts did not disappoint.
Here we go...
Don't skip the bread. I'll be honest, I thought it was odd to have to order it off the menu, but our pretzel bread selection was among my favorite dishes of the evening and playfully embraced the flavors of a Ruben Sandwich without the cumbersome corned beef. I would go back just to try the other bread options on the menu! The wines were among the best I've ever enjoyed and the service leading up to our selections was superb! The Chickpea Fritters were unforgettable and embodied every aspect of a good comfort food, but elevated it to an entirely new level! I was also quite taken with the braised beef tongue because texturally it made me think of devouring a really good kiss. We should have skipped the scallops. Seriously. The dish was an epic flavor fail and the only disappointment of the night. We decided to forgo dessert and opted instead to order a second round of oysters to finish out our memorable meal!
I can't wait to hit the foodie circuit with our favorite dinner partners again!


Angela said...

So much fun. So absolutely good. Another great night. Thanks again Elsmo's.

Nubia said...

I am totally sharing the post with my gals.....this is definitely going to be a place we'll have to hit up soon (maybe after the pregnant mama delivers so she can enjoy everything fully).

Sooooo looking forward to it!

Elanor said...

I loved the G&T.G!!! The fritters were amazing and I can't wait to go back. I thought of you when I went, because everything we ordered was so delicious.

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