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Lunch at the girl & the fig

2009 October 27
by Eric Hwang

Screen shot 2009-10-26 at 6.11.35 PMLast Saturday, before going to see Gary Vaynerchuk in Sonoma, we stopped for lunch at a destination restaurant, the girl & the fig. The girl & the fig features rustic Provincial-inspired cuisine using local ingredients and honoring the bounty of food and wine in the area.

Proprietor, Sondra Bernstein, rolled out the red carpet for us and had plates of various cheeses, fruits and meats along with an heirloom radish salad and a decadent pork rillette prepared for us when we arrived. We brought along a nice selection of wines, including a 2006 Girard Mixed Blacks, but Sondra’s selection of reasonably-priced California Rhone wines is not to be missed. Oh, and the fig cafe always has complementary corkage. The restaurant has a one-for-one comp corkage—buy one bottle and corkage for one bottle is free.

I had the crispy pork belly and duck confit, both exquisitely prepared and presented. Service was very attentive and the atmosphere is classic. During our meal, several online friends such as @winebizradio @winotone and @randyhall stopped by to say, hi, and have a glass of wine with us. All-in-all, a memorable lunch experience that stayed with me long after we left. I’ll definitely be bringing family and friends here when they’re in town.

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  1. October 27, 2009

    The Fig is a great place. Sondra is a peach, and a stickler for details. One of my favorite places to eat in town. (I live in Sonoma) The Duck COnfit is unsurpassed, and the Charcuterie is heavenly. Give me a heads up next time you are in town Eric and maybe we can connect.

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