Often overlooked by locals and tourists alike, this South Loop outpost of the original Goat (with other locations underneath the Mag Mile, on Navy Pier and by the United Center) is part bar, part grill, all smoke, grease and boozy cheer. Much like the tourist-infested Michigan Avenue location, there's a bunch of junk pinned to the walls, '80s era breweriana and tobacco-grimed ceiling tiles hanging overhead.
Located very close to South Loop drinking outposts like Cal's Liquors, Cactus and the Sky Ride Tap, it's easy to see how you could wander right past. The grill and bar are kitty-corner to each other in the room, with a smattering of cafeteria tables, chairs, ashtrays and napkins throughout the floor. Believe it or not, the bar here opens at 6 a.m., and stays open as long as you do (and longer): It closes anywhere from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., depending on the crowd.
For people who actually want to eat, this Goat is far preferable to the Michigan location, due to the simple fact that you can actually order. Rather than have "do-ble cheez! Do-ble cheese!" shouted at you as you walk through the door, you can choose your standard two eggs for $3, steak and eggs for $6.25 or get odious with salami and eggs for $3.95.
Centerstage Reviewer: Karl Klockars