Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Girl and the Amazing Restaurant

Tonight I had the most interesting restaurant experience of my life.  We ate at Girl & the Goat, a big up and coming restaurant in Chicago, with Callie Brown and three current University of Chicago students.  The food was unlike anything I had ever eaten.  Each person picked one thing off the menu and then everyone shared the dishes.  Instead of having to sift through the amazing menu options and choose just one, I got to sample 12 different dishes.  Each one was delicious. I tried a lot of things I had never tasted before like beef tongue, pig face, and baby octopus.  For dessert I ordered the goat cheesecake (not goat-flavored, made with goat cheese).  It was the perfect ending to an amazing meal.
Our first two dishes
Peppers with cheese and sesame
The atmosphere in the restaurant was fast paced and exciting.  My favorite part was the witty goat sayings on the back of the waiters' t-shirts like "Whatever floats your goat," and "Goats gone wild." There was never a moment where I didn't have a dish in front of me and all the staff were kind and courteous.  

Mario's dessert: the chocolate cake
It was so good I forgot to take a picture before diving in
The cherry on top of tonight's amazing dinner was the engaging conversation.  I sat next to Mario, who just finished his second year at the university.  He talked about his experiences so far and shared a little more about the house system for the dorms.  He talked a lot about music, and seeing as he is a DJ for the school's radio station, he definitely knew what he was talking about.  I loved getting even more confirmation that U of Chicago is a great school for me.  Unfortunately, I was on the opposite end of the table from Callie and I didn't get to talk to her that much.  However, she assured us that she will always be available by e-mail and, as I reflect on my visit to the school today, I know I will soon have many more questions to send her way.  All in all, it was an amazing evening and something I will never experience again.  I'm excited to see what Northwestern has to offer tomorrow. 

1 comment:

  1. From your photos, Clara, I’m not really sure what I’m looking at. These dishes don’t look anything like we might expect from Denny’s or the barbecue joint at the bowling alley. I guess that this is a part of the adventure--trying new and exciting things that you might not otherwise be offered here at home.

    Glad you had a good time. We had high expectations of this event so we’re especially anxious to read what you all are writing.