Like attaching a fake mustache to a Halloween mask or cleverly changing your name from Obi-Wan Kenobi to Ben Kenobi, adding a new ingredient to something familiar can render it delightfully unrecognizable. Enjoy inventive eats with today’s Groupon to Fig Tree Cafe in Pacific Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $8, you get $16 worth of elegant café fare and drinks on Saturday or Sunday.
- For $8, you get $20 worth of elegant café fare and drinks Monday–Friday.<p>
The culinary experts at Fig Tree Cafe draw upon organic and locally farmed ingredients, herbs grown at their location, and free-range eggs from Ramona to fashion fresh-to-order dishes served to guests lounging on an outdoor patio surrounded by ficus trees and a white picket fence. The breakfast and lunch haven’s gastronomical goodies include a smoked-salmon omelet that swims upstream to taste buds alongside asparagus and lemon caper crème ($11.25) as well as a veggie scramble that teems with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, goat cheese, and three lightening-struck eggs ($9.25). At midday, diners can tuck fangs into the house-made black-bean burger punched up with piquant spices and fresh toppings ($8.95) or search for hidden gems in the sapphire salad, a bed of organic mixed greens courting turkey, dried cranberries, walnuts, and goat cheese ($8.50).
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 Café locations—winning the Hillcrest café second place in CityVoter’s Best Brunch category in 2011. 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.