What You'll Get
Before they were used as a human fashion accessory, fig leaves were used to hide a tree's shame. For $15, today's Groupon gets you $30 worth of upscale southern-Californian fare from Figtree's Café & Grill on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. The café is open every day at 8 a.m. and closes based on the weather, usually around 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. This deal cannot be combined with the 8 a.m.–9 a.m. half-price breakfast special.
While you relax on the oceanfront patio and await lunch—starting with appetizers such as skewered rosemary ahi tuna with olive tapenade ($12) or Navajo corncakes with black-bean chili, feta, avocado, and sour cream ($11)—you can marvel at the human zoo rushing by. Play "guess that person's age and social-security number," or belt out a friendly hello to a Matthew McConaughey lookalike as he jogs by unsurprisingly shirtless. Before long, the amiable, chilled-out staff will come bearing a heavy turkey bacon burger with arugula, red onion, and tomato ($13.55); or the veggie dagwood pile precariously high with zucchini, eggplant, roasted peppers, portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, and pesto on focaccia ($11.75).
Figtree's also serves up big pre-surf and post-party breakfasts, such as puffed pancakes stuffed with seasonal fruit and topped with a flurry of powdered sugar ($12); and the Olympian omelette with spinach, feta, tomatoes, and Greek olives ($12). The café also hoards a reserve of assorted organic and luxury teas (yerba mate, $3.50) and custom power potions ($4.75 each) such as the Virtual Buddha with peaches, ginseng, reishi, sweet-tea vine, and mandarin, or the depth recharger with berries and cornelian cherry.
The Los Angeles Times mentions Figtree's Café, and Time Out Los Angeles recommends it after a stroll along the beach. Citysearchers give Figtree's Café a perfect five stars, Yelpers and TripAdvisors give it 3.5, and 81% of Urbanspooners like it:
- The most delcious [sic] and well-prepared food on the OceanFront Walk. I could eat here every day! And the bonus is that you can sit and watch the Boardwalk show. The cornmeal pancakes are to die for. A reasl [sic] gem on the beach! – ralph1, Citysearch
- Great brunch menu with healthy and sinful choices...I sat out on the patio here this morning with a mimosa and thought about how lucky I am to just spend a Thursday staring at waves. – Stacey E., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 6, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers or discounts. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.