If you live in Sonoma County and haven’t been to the girl and the fig, you must go pronto! Maybe your wondering what the hell this fig place even is.. well let me tell you, It’s a wonderful restaurant nestled in downtown Sonoma that is described as “country food with a french passion.” It is also where I spent my summer working as a hostess.
All summer long I’ve met people from all over the world that are visiting the wine country and have been referred by locals to the girl and the fig for a wonderful lunch/dinner. Guests come in so excited to dine with us, their expectations are so high, they’ve read all 2,000 reviews on Yelp and cannot wait to see if the food lives up to the hype.
It does. Every single time.
And now, I can say I know this from my own personal experience. Because last night was my 90th day working for this company, which meant that I could finally get a 50% discount on my dinner reservation! It was a long 3 months of watching plate after plate leave the kitchen, listening to guests rave about the “wild flounder” and the fall of the bone “duck confit”, but most of all…watching the beautiful cheese plates pass me by without even a nibble!
All of that changed last night; and when I say it was the best dinner I’ve ever had, I am not exaggerating. We started the night with a white varietal wine flight, featuring 5 different wines that were all phenomenal. I always thought I was a red wine kinda gal, but these wines were light, airy, and fruity..they paired perfectly with our appetizer.
Anyone who knows me best would know that I chose the cheese plate as the appetizer! “The works” dazzles your taste buds with its array of little bites. Three hand picked cheeses, two mustards, a fig chutney spread, spiced nuts, cured meats, nectarines, figs, fig cake, and of course bread! It was to die for. And those were the words coming out of my mouth as I sipped on my wine flight, and spread delicious smoked goat cheese across my bread. Each bite was like a slice of heaven. I was thanking my matured taste buds for allowing me to appreciate all of the different flavors, and also thanking my mom and sister for being wine and cheese lovers my whole life!
After devouring our beautiful cheese plate, Tony and I were served our entree. I got the wild flounder, which was served on a whipped cream like bed of mashed potatoes and spinach. It was buttery, light, and cooked to perfection. Tony’s duck confit melted in your mouth after slipping right off the bone. It was bliss. Pure bliss.
We ended the night in a food coma, but couldn’t resist the salted fig chocolate trifle! Also to die for.
The 3 months waiting for this dinner was WELL worth it. Especially because our $100+ bill was cut in half! Oh and I almost forgot! We got to sit out on the gloriously whimsical patio, right next to the baby fig tree, and underneath the glistening stringed lights.
T’was a wonderful evening.