* Click here for rating key
The Girl & The Fig Restaurant Review: Now a fixture on Sonoma Square, the flagship restaurant of Sondra Bernstein (the girl) makes a homey retreat. It’s a Provençal bistro with California consciousness: the iconic fig symbolizes enlightenment, translated here as awareness of seasons. From a cozy loveseat in the brasserie, it’s easy to be tempted toward cheese and charcuterie samplers. Contemplate matchmaking Modesto’s Fiscalini Bandaged cheddar with Epoisses as you sip Rhône varietals, including flights poured into a mishmash of grandma’s goblets. Other reasonably priced, all-day alternatives include an omelette du jour and sandwiches like prosciutto with house-made mozzarella and pear. Or, opt for a table in the comfy dining room and kick off with crisp, tender sweetbreads or giant mussels in fennel broth infused with pastis. Naturally, fig infiltrates---dotting a signature salad of arugula, goat cheese, pancetta and pecans. But Mission figs in braised short ribs go M.I.A. in a surprisingly bland murk. You can’t go wrong with a tall ramekin of cassoulet, its blond breadcrumb toupee sheltering duck confit and sausage. Profiteroles also soar and may prompt you to book a flight of dessert wines back to the couch by the bar.