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Billy Goat Tavern

430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL - (312) 222-1525
Posted By Jason Warren on 1/29/2004 3:34:00 PM
This place is more about atmosphere than about food. While the burgers are good, they'll never make it on a top of list. The are mostly save by some great bakery. This sub street level Chicago institution just oozes with character and history. Step down off of Michigan Avenue to the dimness down below. Enter Billy Goat and be surrouned by decades of photographic history and an aura of unwritten history only known to the walls. Stay away from the Chicago locations. They are capitalizing on the original, who can blame them. But it is the orignal that one needs to sit in and enjoy a burger.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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The world's best-known cheeseburger: this one is a double. To our taste, just right!
"The world's best-known cheeseburger: this one is a double. To our taste, just right!"
Michael Stern





The Billy Goat Tavern is located below street level. Ambience is so thick you could cut it with a butter knife.
"The Billy Goat Tavern is located below street level. Ambience is so thick you could cut it with a butter knife."
Michael Stern


The egg sandwiches are generally ordered in the wee hours of the morning at the end of a long evening, or at 6am to start the day. But it's the
"The egg sandwiches are generally ordered in the wee hours of the morning at the end of a long evening, or at 6am to start the day. But it's the "cheezeborger" that put this place on the map."
Michael Stern


The walls of the Billy Goat tavern are a virtual museum of Chicago history.
"The walls of the Billy Goat tavern are a virtual museum of Chicago history."
Michael Stern


Founder
"Founder "Billy Goat" Sianis actually used to have a pet goat. It is said that when the Chicago Cubs banished the goat from Wrigley Field, Sianis put a curse on the team and they haven't won a pennant since."
Michael Stern



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