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the girl & the fig

Country French in the heart of Sonoma

The French haven't invaded since Napoleon, but after eating at "the girl and the fig," we're ready to invite them with open arms.

In the heart of Sonoma (right beside the Sonoma the girl and the figthe girl and the figHotel), there's a girl, Sondra Bernstein, lots of figs and a small French bistro that's big on taste.

Bernstein opened the restaurant in 1997, with a mission to showcase Mother Nature's true flavors. One of the signature dishes, a salad prepared with arugula, goat cheese, pancetta, pecans, and grilled figs, is an homage to all that's good and healthy in the valley.

"When you eat this salad, try to get a little bit of the girl and the figthe girl and the figeverything on the fork and it will be perfect," says executive chef John Toulze.

When I visited last spring, I fell in love with the mustard-yellow walls and modern burlesque artwork. Like in France, the tables are tiny and close together and the food (depending on your choice) can be rich, rich, rich. Ask the chef to go easy on the cream and butter.

I was only able to squeeze in a quick lunch, but the wild mushroom risotto cake melted my resistance.

Girl, I dare you to stand firm against this kind of French invasion.

If you go...

Open daily from 11:30am to 10pm. Sunday brunch is served 10am to 3:00pm. Entrées range from $18-$30US, and reservations are recommended.

the girl & the fig

110 West Spain Street
Sonoma, California
Phone: 707-938-3634
Don't  forget to visit Restaurantica, our sister site, and rate your dining experience at the girl & the fig.

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The girl and the fig will be on Silversea Cruises. Check out <a href="http://www.mmtravel.net/base.php?page=description&category=collection&subcategory=08barcelonarome>Silversea's August 16, 2008</a> cruise from Barcelona to Rome. Sondra Bernstein, who owns the girl and the fig, and executive chef John Toulze will be aboard to host a Food & Wine cruise. There’ll be cooking demonstrations, food and wine discussions, and special receptions and culinary-themed walking tours. Should be fun for everyone who enjoys divine gourmet food and luxury travel. FYI, I read that Silversea was just named the Number-One overall luxury cruise line in the 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI) survey.

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