Some relatives were passing through the area last week, so I had the opportunity to do some of the standard Chicago tourist activities including a visit to The Billy Goat Tavern and Grill for some dinner hossin’. The Billy Goat is famous as the inspiration for the 1970s Saturday Night Live skit, The Olympia Restaurant, better known as "Cheezeborger, Cheezeborger, No Coke, Pepsi". Even all these years later, the dining experience at The Billy Goat is essentially the same shtick depicted in the SNL skit.
The borgers (yes, the menu is spelled that way) are relatively simple patties fried on the grill and served on a warmed bun. Condiments are limited to ketchup, mustard, onions, pickles, salt, and black pepper offered at a do-it-yourself station. And just like at the Olympia Restaurant, there are no french fries to be had, only chips. All in all it makes for completely unadorned, yet pretty darn tasty fast food. It may not be the absolute best burger you’ll ever have, but the addition of the surreal ambience make The Billy Goat worth a visit.