Brunch—like twilight, sporks, skorts, friends with benefits, and so many other things that make life worth living—is not quite one thing and not quite another. Celebrate everyone's favorite mutant mealtime with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get $20 worth of breakfasty fare at Fig Tree Cafe in Pacific Beach or, for $5, you get $10 worth of coffee and treats at Fig Tree Cafe's coffee shop.
Named Best Brunch in San Diego 2010 by KGTV Channel 10, Fig Tree Cafe serves up fresh breakfast and lunch fare crafted from a host of organic and locally grown ingredients. Build up energy for a long day observing strangers from a bush as they unload groceries by trying the succulent brioche french toast ($7.95) topped with fresh strawberries and cream (add $2.50), or opt for the buttermilk pancakes ($6.95) drizzled with orange segment syrup. Breakfasters at the cozy cafe can enjoy their morning meal amid nature, dining under a canopy of leaves on the picket-fence-enclosed patio. Meanwhile, transplanted East Coasters and time-zone deniers can toast the strike of noon in New York with one of Fig Tree Cafe's five decadent varieties of Benedictine eggs, such as the crab cakes Bennie ($10.95). Late-afternoon java-heads can also sip frothy beverages from the coffee shop, open 5–9 p.m.; try the white-hot Mexican mocha ($3.50) or perk up with one of three antioxidant shots: goji, mangosteen, or acai ($2.49 each, $5.99 for all three). The cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fig Tree Café
At a young age, Alberto Morreale decided on a career as a chef, leaving his Sicilian hometown to cook in restaurants across northern Italy. After moving to San Diego, he started synthesizing Californian influences with his Old World culinary techniques, creating dishes such as his housemade lobster ravioli with chipotle-mascarpone-cilantro sauce and a dollop of tequila.
Chef Morreale’s use of local ingredients in his creative recipes adds to the freshness of dishes at both Fig Tree Cafe locations—winning the Hillcrest café second place in CityVoter’s Best Brunch category in 2010. The two cafés bake their breads in house, grow their own sprigs of rosemary, and catch their own silverware in a clear mountain stream. The kitchen sources ingredients from area producers, such as a ranch 35 miles outside of town, which supplies the restaurant with natural, free-range eggs.
5119 Cass St.
San Diego, California 92109Get Directions