Chicago: Deep-dish is just the beginning

ChicagoBY KELSY CHAUVIN
Curve

It is a delicious city, Chicago: Just ask anyone which food the Windy City is most celebrated for and they’ll come up with deep-dish pizza and hot dogs. Never mind that the pizza came from Italy and hot dogs from Coney Island—it is the mighty appetite of Chicagoans that brought them both to the next level of decadence. And this town has many more scrumptious dishes to tempt the willing traveler.

One of the top culinary destinations of late belongs to Top Chef Season 4 winner (and cutie pie) Stephanie Izard. Open since 2010, Girl and the Goat  is part of a vibrant restaurant scene situated in and among the converted warehouses of the West Loop. Izard’s lovely, preserved-industrial vibe creates a luscious space where diners come to be dazzled by her innovative fare. Like most of today’s top restaurants, the Goat uses simple, fresh, seasonal ingredients, and magically transforms them into many-flavored explosions—think roasted cauliflower with pickled peppers, pine nuts, and mint, or Squash Blossom Rangoon: crab, chive yogurt, and almonds. Although getting a table may take a spell, sipping on the Goat’s outstanding cocktails will inspire patience.

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