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Billy Goat Tavern

430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL - (312) 222-1525
Inspiration for the classic SNL skit about the Olympia Diner and its monomaniacal menu of "cheeseborgers," the Billy Goat Tavern is a pop culture hoot. The burgers are small, greasy and delicious. The ambiance is tough old Chicago.
85% Approval Rating (35 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Cheeseburger

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (5)
Roadfood.com Editor
"We will not tell you that the cheeseburger served at the Billy Goat Tavern is a gourmet’s delight. Far from it. It is made of a beef patty so thin that it cannot be cooked rare; the cheese on top is impure, adulterated American. Side dishes? There are none, other than ..."   [Read More]
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Jason Warren
January 29, 2004
"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 ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
(312) 222-1525

http://www.billygoattavern.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
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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