the girl & the fig
110 west spain street
sonoma, ca  95476

Our late luncheon/early dinner here will always be a fond memory. 
We just happened upon this place, but the menu looked very interesting and the prices were reasonable.

"the girl & the fig" defines its style as
"Country Food with a French Passion"

Stepping inside the restaurant is more like stepping into someone's livingroom.   There's  a big overstuffed couch, end tables, lamps and paintings on the wall. 

When we finished our meal, the couch was full of people drinking wine with plates of cheese, olives and figs all laughing and
sharing their treats.

On your left is a dining you might find in a french home.   An intimate area with wood floors, wainscotting up the delicate yellow walls,  moss colored curtains, paintings, white table cloths  and simple chandeliers.

Straight ahead is the bar area. 
It's made of  warm, antique wood. 
They serve French aperitifs, traditional cocktails and an award-winning  
"Rhone-Alone" winelist

Beyond the bar area is the entrance
 to the outdoor patio.  
Terra Cotta pavers warm up the floor.  Wonderful fabrics hang over head
 on a wire for shade
that can come and go as you like. 
There are flowers and a fireplace.
The aged tin walls
keep the outside world at bay.

Janet, with the beautiful smile, was our server.  She took her time answering our questions about the food and the meaning behind some of the french
words on the menu. She's traveled all around the world and is currently organizing
 a backpack trip to Macho Pichu. 

Janet also introduced us to Sondra Bernstein, the CEO and Proprietor of this wonderful place. Sondra told us about the three acre farm where she raises the fresh vegetables
used by the chefs in the restaurant.     She is also the author of  the girl & the fig Cookbook that was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2004.  Her gourmet FIGfood product line is available nationwide under the girl & the fig label.

The atmosphere is warm and relaxing
 the service is friendly and unrushed....
So what about the food?

I would say "Heavenly" flavorful and beautifully presented.  

Just a simple thing like a green bean salad with almonds and pickled apricots
in a green garlic vinaigrette sent me over the moon.
Besides the bean salad, I had a wonderfully tall, silky quiche.
Hamilton had deep fried oysters topped with their own homemade bacon.
Sondra and her guest at the next table had clams and steak tartare.

OK...and don't even get me started on the desserts...  all I will say for now is
"Popcorn Ice Cream"
The restaurant hasa beautiful and very informative  website.
The link is at the top of this article.

I think my new dream day would be a facial and massage in the morning,
 then having lunch at the girl & the fig, chatting with friends,
meeting new friends at the table next to us
...and then ordering dinner!

Take a right onto Midway Road as you exit Vineyard RV Park
Go under the bridge and take the I-505 exit
Stay in the left lane and take the San Franciso exit on I-80
Take the Hwy 12 exit marked Napa/Sonoma
Take 121 to Sonoma
Turn left onto West Napa Street
Take first right onto First Street W
Take first left onto W Spain Street
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