During the high season, it’s always nice to stay in Sonoma to get away from the price hikes and flood of tourists that flock over to Napa Valley. The heart of Sonoma has an entirely different vibe to offer with quaint shops, lovely art galleries, and a central park to take in the warmth of the sun and light breeze. There is something much more humble and less bourgeoisie in strolling around this miniature downtown.
One of the treasures of Downtown Sonoma is a great brunch place called The Girl & The Fig. We were lucky enough to stroll right in and be seated without having to wait. We started off with their famous heirloom tomato salad. The owners and team of this restaurant take great pride in knowing where their ingredients come from. The heirloom tomatoes were grown by their very own staff! After taking just one bite of the heirloom tomato salad, we were absolutely stunned by the brilliant combination of watermelon, heirloom tomato, and feta cheese. It was a very simple preparation, but the ingredients shone through and played so well together. We definitely could not get enough of this dish.
For our main course, we ordered the Duck Confit & Potato Hash and Eggs Benedict. We paired our brunch with the special drink of the day: watermelon mojitos. Though, it turned out that the mojitos were much too sour to finish. Both dishes hit the spot, however, and truly reflected the message of this restaurant: “country food with a French passion”. Our entrees were classic brunch dishes composed of simple ingredients. Yet, they delivered great flavor and depth. We loved every bit of it!
Next time you’re in Downtown Sonoma, we definitely recommend having your Sunday Brunch at The Girl & The Fig! Our only regret from this outing is that we didn’t even try anything with figs! Though, I guess that will be more reason for us to return.