Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Illinois

Grumpy Goat WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

2  Goat restaurants in a row. Last time it was Duck Duck Goat.

Thank you Wendy White for the suggestion

OK let’s roll. This should be a short one.

Grumpy Goat Elgin Welcome Sign
Grumpy Goat Elgin
Welcome Sign

The place is situated on the Highlands golf course in Elgin. It’s near the never ending construction of McLean and 20. It wasn’t hard to find.

Grumpy Goat Elgin Terrace View
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin
Terrace View
Grumpy Goat Elgin Located in the Clubhouse
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin
Located in the Clubhouse
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Entrance
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin
Entrance

They only do brunch on Sunday. It’s only a few hours.

Of course I was at the entry at 8. They were NOT ready. Chairs up and wet floor. We stood around waiting for them to get ready for business.

Grumpy Goat Tavern Not ready for 8am visitors
Grumpy Goat Tavern
Not ready for 8am visitors

While you are waiting for the floor to dry, have a look at some clubhouse photos…

Highlands Golf course Elgin Clubhouse
Highlands Golf course Elgin Clubhouse
Highlands Golf course Elgin Clubhouse
Highlands Golf course Elgin Clubhouse
Highlands Golf course Elgin Clubhouse
Highlands Golf course Elgin Clubhouse

That was exciting.

OK the floor is dry enough. Here we go.

Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Bar area
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Bar area Stools down wet floor sign up

Parquet style floor and Plaid bar stools. A bit busy but nice.

The dining room is fully carpeted. UGH You know how I feel about carpet in Restaurants and if you don’t check the rant page.

Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Carpeted Dining
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Carpeted Dining
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Carpeted Dining
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Carpeted Dining

Coffee was good   8   Water Bottle on the table and a flower cup   8   Fake Splenda. My brother says it gives him a headache.   2    It doesn’t seem to bother me though. The music was mostly 40’s Like breakfast with Bennie Goodman   7   

Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Water Bottle
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Water Bottle
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Flower Cup
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Flower Cup

The menu had some imaginative choices. Kudos to the Chef. It was borderline on too many.

First pick a Benedict that I didn’t write down the name of. (DOPE) I think it was called CBB Benedict. It had extra thick candied Bacon Blueberries and Cinnamon Bacon whipped cream. Yes it sounds odd so you know I have to try it. It was actually pretty good. The Bacon was rendered out properly The blueberry was a light compote and the Bacon flavored whipped cream worked. The 2 weak spots were the overcooked poached eggs and the cubed Sweet potatoes. The potatoes were seasoned well but undercooked. Crunchy. This dish was a bit out of the box which I Love. In spite of the execution errors it was a   7   With a little bit of care this could have been a 9

Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin CBB Benedict
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin CBB Benedict
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin CBB Benedict
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin CBB Benedict
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin CBB Benedict
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin CBB Benedict
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin CBB Benedict
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin CBB Benedict
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin CBB Benedict
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin CBB Benedict
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin CBB Benedict
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin CBB Benedict
Grumpy G BB Benedict 4 W
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin CBB Benedict
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Undercooked Poached Eggs
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin
Undercooked Poached Eggs

 

Next

Crawfish skillet

It was served with homemade Banana Bread and some sides.

Apple Butter   8    Blackberry something    7    and a compound butter that tasted a bit like soap.    4    The Bread was good. It was lacking nuts. I like Walnuts in my BB. It was warm soft and fresh. I would have love to have had this toasted under the salamander or put on the flattop. It would have upped the score.   7  

Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Warm Banana Bread
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Warm Banana Bread
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Banana Bread Toppings
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Banana Bread Toppings

My guest requested that the eggs not be overcooked. I was unhappy at this request. I like the dishes to be served the way that they normally prepare them to get a genuine feel of how they go out of the kitchen.

They eggs were close to perfect   9    Because I had already had poached I probably would have ordered this with Sunny Side Up or Over Easy Eggs. I was offered Poached or Scrambled. Most of you know that the only Scrambled eggs I like are Mine. so Poached it was. The Crawfish mixture of Celery Bell Peppers Onions and potatoes was pretty tasty. Needed a touch of salt. It was spicy but not overly   7   

Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Crawfish Skillet
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin
Crawfish Skillet
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Crawfish Skillet
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin
Crawfish Skillet

 

Finally

Bananas Foster Dutch Baby

The Baby was good and Eggy. Could have been cooked a tad more. The Bananas were a bit over but warm gooey and sweet with a touch of Bourbon    8

Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Bananas Foster Dutch Baby
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Bananas Foster Dutch Baby
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Bananas Foster Dutch Baby
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Bananas Foster Dutch Baby
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Bananas Foster Dutch Baby
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Bananas Foster Dutch Baby
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Bananas Foster Dutch Baby
Grumpy Goat Tavern Elgin Bananas Foster Dutch Baby

    

 

OK Gators That’s it

The Grumpy Goat was a decent visit. Barbara our server was great.

It’s right down the street from Sweet Berry. A regular Gator Stop. It’s a whole different feel. Tell them to throw some Banana Bread on the grill for you.

As for ME I’m off to to my next Adventure!

 

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Duck Duck Goat Chicago

DDG WEBSITE

Good Morning (sort of) Gators!

It’s 10am and I am standing with a gathering crowd outside of Stephanie Izard’s latest adventure. You may or may not know that Stephanie was the first female Chef to win Bravo’s Top Chef (season 4) She has a 3 restaurant string now. I have been to all 3 and reviewed number 2 (Little Goat Diner) twice.  My Review of LG Diner  Little Goat Diner is on the Gator’s favorites list. You’d think by now Stephanie would have dropped me a line to tell me how much she loves my reviews.  :0)

Duck Duck Goat Chicago Exterior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Exterior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Exterior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Exterior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Exterior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Exterior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Exterior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Exterior

I’m starting my review with 3 words of wisdom if you are considering going to DDG.

1. MAKE

2. A

3. RESERVATION

This Marks a point in Gator History. I really haven’t done a BRUNCH review yet. This is quite a departure from my usual Poached egg extravaganza. Come along if you will. Don’t worry I’ll be back on my Egg Game before you know it.

The place is super cute. a mix of faux and real Chinese decor.  9    The music is retro (at least for a lot of the patrons). 80’s pop, as in 80’s American pop. Kind of a surprise choice for the venue but hey it’s not my restaurant.   8   Love me some Tears for Fears and Dumplings.

Duck Duck Goat Chicago Ceiling Tassels
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Ceiling Tassels
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
TEA BAGS!
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Snausages
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Interior
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Open Kitchen

Gotta Have Tea Right?

DDG Pu-erh

Duck Duck Goat Chicago TEA
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
TEA
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Lemon Butler
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Lemon Butler
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Lemon Butler
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Lemon Butler

 

There is a strange absence of condiments seasonings and sweetner on the table. There IS a water bottle though

Duck Duck Goat Chicago Water Bottle
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Water Bottle

 

There be Chopsticks Here

But no knives forks or standard spoons. I am going to starve. It’s after 10 and I am really bad at the art of Chopsticking

Duck Duck Goat Chicago Brunch Accessories
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Brunch Accessories

 

The menu is actually much bigger than I expected. There were too many choices   6    On the plus side everyone in your party will be able to find something that pleases them. There are some pretty safe choices. And then there are…

Duck Tongues

You know that I am attracted to dishes that I haven’t tried before and Duck Tongues falls into that category. Just the thought of what I ordered Quacks me up. Put this dish on the Bill. OK enough Duck Jokes.

Crisp and pretty tasty. The Shishito Peppers added enough bite to cut the fat of the fryer. I tried to figure out what it reminded me of but I drew a blank. You’ll just have to order yourself some Duck Tongues. Unless you’re Chicken.    Duck Tongues    8     Bad Jokes     3   

Duck Duck Goat Chicago Duck Tongues
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Duck Tongues
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Duck Tongues
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Duck Tongues
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Duck Tongues
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Duck Tongues
Duck Duck Goat Shishito Peppers
Duck Duck Goat
Shishito Peppers

Pig Face Buns

Exactly what it sounds like.  The bun was Crispy and Flaky somewhat like puff pastry. The filling was savory and unctuous. The sauce provides a bit of Dijon style bite which was a good compliment. Another good choice   8

Duck Duck Goat Chicago Pig Face Buns
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Pig Face Buns
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Pig Face Buns
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Pig Face Buns
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Pig Face Buns
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Pig Face Buns
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Pig Face Buns
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Pig Face Buns
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Pig Face Buns GONE
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Pig Face Buns GONE

 

Shrimp and Peanut Dumplings with Peanut vinagrete Chiu Chow Fun Gor

This was a gift from our excellent server Jane and the kitchen. It was a good next course. Light Mildly Shrimpy with a little Peanut crunch   8

Duck Duck Goat Chicago Shrimp and Peanut Dumplings
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Shrimp and Peanut Dumplings
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Shrimp and Peanut Dumplings
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Shrimp and Peanut Dumplings
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Shrimp and Peanut Dumplings
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Shrimp and Peanut Dumplings

 

Beef Slap Noodles

Short rib ragu, luobo radish

This was the winning dish for me. A cornucopia of textures and flavor. The noodles were fresh and chewy the veggies were fresh and crisp. The pickled peppers added a bit of sharp contrast. The short rib was soft tender and beefy. Very tasty and a rare   9

Duck Duck Goat Chicago Beef Slap Noodles
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Beef Slap Noodles
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Beef Slap Noodles
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Beef Slap Noodles
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Beef Slap Noodles
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Beef Slap Noodles
Duck Duck Goat Chicago Beef Slap Noodles
Duck Duck Goat Chicago
Beef Slap Noodles

 

Xiao Long Bao  Pork and Crab Soup Dumplings

For those not familiar with this fun dish its like your standard dumpling with the inclusion of cold congealed broth. when the dumplings are steamed the soup melts and viola soup dumplings. The server instructed us to pick up the dumpling by the top place it in the spoon puncture it to let the soup run into the spoon then enjoy.

Duck Duck Goat Eating Soup Dumpling as instructed
Duck Duck Goat
Eating Soup Dumpling as instructed

Personally I prefer to let them cool slightly then pop the whole thing in my mouth to let them explode with deliciousness.

They were porky and crabby. The broth was tasty and subtle. It didn’t overpower the filling. These were good and fun   8   

Duck Duck Goat Soup Dumplings
Duck Duck Goat
Soup Dumplings
Duck Duck Goat Soup Dumplings
Duck Duck Goat
Soup Dumplings
Duck Duck Goat Soup Dumplings
Duck Duck Goat
Soup Dumplings

 

Bao Nut

Like a round glazed doughnut filled with chocolate cake frosting. Simple and not overly sweet. A good finish.    8  

 

Duck Duck Goat Bao - Nut
Duck Duck Goat
Bao – Nut
Duck Duck Goat Bao - Nut
Duck Duck Goat
Bao – Nut
Duck Duck Goat Bao - Nut
Duck Duck Goat
Bao – Nut
Duck Duck Goat Bao - Nut
Duck Duck Goat
Bao – Nut

 

Our server gave us an actual table knife that I used to cut this open. Our young neighbors did not have this luxury. They sawed theirs in half with a chopstick. It was quite humorous.

Duck Duck Goat Bao - Nut

Duck Duck Goat
Bao – Nut

Duck Duck Goat Bao - Nut
Duck Duck Goat
Bao – Nut

 

 

Well Gators, that’s it. An Eggless Visit at a good fun new spot. Make a reservation and get over there.

As for me I’m off to my next adventure!

Gene Chopsticks s

 

 

 

 

 

 

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