Girl & The Goat
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Chef Stephanie Izard made her West Coast mark with the opening of her beloved Chicago restaurant in LA last summer. The airy industrial space helmed by the James Beard award-winning Izard serves inventive globally-inspired dishes such as goat curry and chickpea fritters. Wash it all down with craft mocktails from mixologist Mike Zell, including the Sunrise Spiritz with lychee, galangal, and hibiscus soda and the tropical Sunset Shrub with pickled mango, passionfruit, and ginger.
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The gist: James Beard-award winning executive chef Stephanie Izard brought her celebrated Chicago flagship out west this summer, hoping to capitalize on warm weather and longer produce seasons. The luminous, 200-seat restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows, plus lush greenery throughout the interior and garden patio. In a nod to her flagship restaurant, Izard commissioned two new pieces by artist Quang Hong—who has two custom works on display at the Chicago outpost—to hang in the dining room.
The food: The new, Arts District location features some of Girl & the Goat Chicago’s most popular dishes, like goat empanadas and chickpea fritters, but the family-style menu also includes new items inspired by California produce and cuisine, like a bright shrimp and crispy greens salad with avocado, strawberry, pickled veggies, pepita crunch, and lime-herb dressing, and pan-roasted scallops served with chili relish and a peanut-pepita crumble. The dessert menu features inventive ice cream scoops like oyster sauce stracciatella, plus riffs on classics like mango sticky rice with mango tamarind ice cream, pickled green mango, and powdered coconut cloud creamer. Mike Zell, from Chicago-based sister restaurant, The Little Goat, helms the bar program, which features craft cocktails and a rotating list of craft beers. Except updates and additions to the menu as Izard settles into her new restaurant home.
Cost: Bread and snacks $10–17, salads $16–18, vegetable dishes $14–16, fish dishes range from $16 for Pacifico oysters to $34 grilled whole branzino, meat dishes range from $22 for lamb sirloin skewer o $32 for goat curry.