It’s always fun when a little bit of the city comes out to the suburbs. I’m not talking about the buses with an ad for The Lorax attached, puffing black smoke in front of me as I drive Emmy to preschool. We’re actually not that far from the city. At just the right spot on Milwaukee Avenue, we can see the Chicago skyline. We do make it downtown every once in a while.
And now, just down the street from us is a new Billy Goat tavern. The owner of the original Billy Goat was famous (or infamous, depending on how you look at it) for putting a curse on the Chicago Cubs when he wasn’t allowed to bring his pet goat to a game. That curse still lives on, even though there have been attempts to break it by bringing a goat into Wrigley Field.
Remember the Saturday Night Live sketch with John Belushi that went “Cheezborger, cheezborger! No fries, cheeps!”? Yes, that was based on the Billy Goat.
So can a tavern that made its reputation in the big city make it in the ‘burbs?
Even though they are famous for not having fries, this location does. They were my kind of fries! You should know this about me…I don’t share my fries with anyone. They were crisp and crunchy on the outside, hot and potato-ey on the inside. The hamburger bun was really good, but its heftiness needed more burger, I thought. The burgers come plain, and it’s up to you to dress them up. Lettuce and tomato would have been nice, but onions and pickles were the only extras besides ketchup and mustard.
The service was fast, though, and there’s a movie theater across the street. The Billy Goat would be a good place to get a bite to eat before a show. I loved have the big windows all around the place, and it would also be fun to sit at the bar for a girl’s night out. Next time, I’ll skip the cheezborger and try the Greek salad.
10 Replies to “Cheezborgers at the Billy Goat”
I love those kind of fries! I like them full of potato, not stick-thin like McD's. That restaurant looks wonderful!
It was nice…We'll be back!
I was in the Billy Goat Tavern last spring when I visited Chicago, but we didn't end up ordering anything. I have to admit, I sometimes get intimated at dark, short-order places and that's what happened! How fun to have your own Billy Goat in your neighborhood!
Yes, I would be intimidated, too! The Billy Goat by us is very different from the original!
Sounds like a fun place to eat. I have heard of them and didn't know that story about the Chicago Cubs. Your meal looks delicious.
Yes I do remember John Belushi's sketch very well!
I thought you would know about the Billy Goat, Debby!
I've never heard of Billy Goats..but I totally remember John Belushi and Cheezborgers! LOL now I know where that came from:) I think a Mommy deserves her own fries now and then don't you:) LOL
Oh, yes, a Mommy definitely needs her own fries! After all, we end up sharing everything else we have with our kids, don't we? 😉
Yum! I'd probably love the original location – nothing like a good burger joint!
You would like it, I think! It's on lower Michigan Ave., which is kind of underground. I've never eaten at the original one, but my husband has.