Saying it's been a good year for Girl & the Goat's Stephanie Izard is an understatement.
The former "Top Chef" winner's hot West Loop restaurant was named a finalist in the "Best New Restaurant" category for the 2011 James Beard Foundation awards.
The full list of finalists were announced Monday via the organization's Twitter account.
Here's the full list of local finalists via TheFeast.com:
Best New Restaurant
Girl & The Goat
Paul Kahan, Blackbird
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Patrick Fahy, Blackbird
Mindy Segal, Hot Chocolate
Richard Melman, Everest, L2O, Shaw’s Crab House, Tru
Outstanding Restaurant Graphics
Best Chef: Great Lakes
Michael Carlson, Schwa
Curtis Duffy, Avenues
Bruce Sherman, North Pond
Paul Virant, Vie
The final awards ceremony and gala will take place in New York City on May 9