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.
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
My husband and I actually had our wedding reception here. We couldn't have asked for a better location or staff. A year later our guests still tell is it was one of the most fun wedding receptions ever. My husband often comments that he never seen so many smiles in one place. But I guess that's what happens when you ditch the Chicken Dance for Lincoln Square Lanes' juke box--plus some grub from the Gale Street Inn and lane after lane of bowling extraordinaire. Hope they're around for hundreds more year to come.