Being the first review for the Billy Goat Tavern, I definitely have to put a little thought into this review. Located in sub-Michigan, the metal sign for this place is easily missed, found at the top of some stairs across the street from the Tribune building on Michigan Ave. The place is definitely old school Chicago, has had crowds of customers for years and carries with it an interesting story. Upon entering, you are greeted by shouts for your order...order a hamburger, they ask if you want a cheeseburger...ask for a single, they ask if you want a double. No fries, chips... No Pepsi, coke. Ask for water...well, you get the flow. Free refills...and go for a double cheese. The burgers are not expensive, but not really cheap. They are heavy on the bun, but I like the fact that you can put your own toppings and condiments. And of course, you'll find your own seats. They do have a bar, which is nice if you want to grab a real drink and watch a game that might be on. This place is classic Chicago... it is even famously associated with the Chicago Cubs... since the original owner supposedly was the one that "cursed" the Cubs...long story, so definitely feel free to ask them. The staff is really nice! And because of their relation to the Cubs history, this place draws in a ton of tourists, so the staff will take pictures, answer questions, etc. Just a great experience and a scheduled stop everytime I make it into town.
Having eaten at The Girl and The Goat the night before my standards were up pretty high when I stopped in to Telegraph for dinner last night and they delivered in every possible way. The food was phenomenal, the service was some of the best I can remember ever having and the space is beautiful. I was with a party of eight, not ideal for the type of dining that Telegraph offers, smaller plates created to be shared, but they did an awesome job of catering to our group. We started with drinks and appetizers, I highly recommend the Old Kentucky Tomme, and our server was super patient with the folks that wanted wine but couldn't decipher the list. With a few questions he had a glass to recommend and everybody came out happy. The olive oil poached tuna was a hit at out table. I had the pastrami spiced duck that came over an apricot puree and it was perfect, the waiter again had a recommendation for a wine, the gamay and I loved it, it really complemented they entree. We ended the night with dessert and from the way my cousin and his girlfriend inhaled the ice box cake I can't but assume it was delicious. Armita and I split a cheese plate of a rich and creamy roquefort carles, a milder but no less wonderful gubeen and a goat cheese from Indiana of all places that stole the show. I cannot recommend Telegraph highly enough. I am looking forward to a chance to go back.
I can't believe I'm the first one to write a review for this place. It is the greatest. The guys that own it and the folks behind the counter often the owners are just so sweet are and friendy. They make the best breakfast in town and so fast. My son loves the Monte Cristo. All their sandwhiches are great. My only complaint is their hours. I wish they were open 24/7. I often get cravins for their breakfast. It's right next to the CTA and if you want a great breakfast sandwhich on your way to work this is the place. Stop in and say hell-o to Pete. Trust me you try it once Pete's will turn into your favorite places