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First things first: Yes, it’s worth the wait, even if that wait is 2 hours on a Friday or Saturday night, which is not unexpected at this West Loop hot spot. Girl and the Goat is a name that even the most seasoned Chicago foodies utter with reverence. The restaurant is the brainchild of celebrity Chef Stephanie Izard (you may remember her as the winner of Top Chef in 2008), who’s as talented with creating the exotic (say, wood-oven roasted pig face or duck tongues) as the more staid, such as Hamachi crudo, sautéed green beans, and a delectable bread selection. And, of course, there are a number of goat options: goat liver moose, goat carpaccio, goat neck, and even goat legs. Despite the sophisticated food, the restaurant has a sultry-but-casual style with top-notch servers in black t-shirts and jeans hustling to and fro from the open kitchen. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation with your neighbors here—if you’re not at a communal table, odds are you’ll be rubbing elbows with the party next to you in this tight, but somehow never too crowded, space. Reservations are available and recommended, but they’re hard to get, unless you’re willing to eat early (like, 4:30 or 5pm on a week night). Otherwise, grab a spot at the bar and join the bubbly crowd. Waiting is practically a rite of passage here.