When you find yourself thinking "I'm tired of eating the same old thing", Celebrity Chef Stephanie Izzard's Girl & the Goat restaurant is the go to place! It's where celebrities such as Emmy-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson have been spotted trying a pizza topped with goat. And with Stephanie Izzard being Top Chef 's season four winner, it is no coincidence that BRAVO Entertainment chose this restaurant for their 2011 Bravo Upfront Chicago and Top Chef season finale party where TV Personality Gail Simmons, along with the entire cast of Real Housewives of New York/Atlanta(Bethenny Frankel, Sheree Whitfield, Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey) livened up the festivities. Ready to try fried duck tongues and wood oven roasted pig face? Go there and pig out!
This venerable institution, consistently chosen as best Chicago Steakhouse, plays host to all kinds of celebrities. In recent months, Actress/Musician Emmy Rossum (Michigan Avenue Magazine's September 2011 Issue Cover Girl) and her Shameless co-stars Steve Howey and Shanola Hampton, along with James Denton, Laura Benanti, Chad Hodge, and Walt Willey reveled at the magazine's Sept. issue launch party. Rosie O'Donnell and her daughter were spotted dining here as were radio personalities Roe Conn and Richard Roeper. And quite appropriately, Dave Sveum celebrated his first night as Chicago Cubs Manager at this namesake of Chicago Cubs storied announcer, Harry Carey.
Where did Mayor Rahm Emanuel and family and friends dine the night before the mayoral election? Graham Elliot, Chicago's first "bistronomic restaurant." Celebrity Chef Graham Elliot's eatery serves contemporary four star American Cuisine beautifully presented in a hip, approachable atmosphere. And perhaps it is no coincidence that his previous boss, President Barack Obama had an intimate dinner on his 49th birthday with Oprah Winfrey, her BFF Gayle King and a couple close friends at this hip hotspot.
Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra classic tunes play in the background. Candid shots of Italian-Americans such as Sophia Loren and Joe DiMaggio line the walls. Massive portions of Italian food are served family-style. Kitschy? Sure. Cool enough for Kanye West? You bet! Common, and Lupe Fiasco not only welcomed students from local schools for the 3rd annual Kanye West Foundation "Stay in School" luncheon at this energetic restaurant, but he also celebrated his 33rd birthday.
And, that's a rap.
Susan Zechter is the author of 2012 Celebrity HotSpots Los Angeles Restaurant Guide: Where Your Fave Celebs Dine, which is available for purchase on Amazon.com, along with the newly published companion guide 2012 Celebrity HotSpots Bars and Clubs Guide: Where Your Fave Celebs Party. For more info, please visit www.celebhotspots.com