Fig Tree Café | Liberty Station's Latest Incarnation of Quintessentially Californian Cuisine

January 23, 2014

By Ryan Bridge | SanDiegoVille Contributor

Over the last couple of years I have found myself returning to Liberty Station time and again, and it seems like every time I make the trip another great restaurant has miraculously sprung up. It began in 2011 with Slater’s 50/50 – the idea of eating a burger with a patty made up of half ground beef and half ground bacon truly awakened my inner carnivore. Then, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens opened in May 2013, and I considered myself lucky to be within a short drive to a number of unique Stone brews and growler fills. This weekend I made my way back to Liberty Station to enjoy a wonderful brunch at the recently opened expansion of Fig Tree Café, and I'm happy to say that I’ve found yet another reason to return to the former Naval Base.

Navigating Liberty Station is not always the easiest, but we found Fig Tree Cafe nestled in the back of an open-air courtyard right next to Tender Greens. We were greeted by a friendly hostess who showed us to our seats on an umbrella-covered, dog-friendly patio. The menu included a wide variety of brunch staples, each with a Fig Tree twist. Our server explained owner Johan Engman’s goal for Fig Tree - to prepare all of their meals using fresh, local, and organic ingredients, while also offering a huge selection of gluten free and vegetarian options.

For drinks, we decided to skip Fig Tree’s full espresso bar, even though the Caffeine Sampler (a flight made up of a 4oz latte, mocha, and Mexican mocha) sounded delicious. I was feeling adventurous so I went with the Rosy Melons specialty drink, a cocktail made with vodka, slices of watermelon, lemon and soda water, with a sprig of rosemary as an aromatic. After mulling over several appealing Mimosa and Bellini options, my date ordered a White Peach Bellini, which was both sweet and refreshing.

I was in the mood for some creamy Hollandaise, so for my entrée I ordered the braised Angus beef short ribs “Bennie,” a traditional eggs benedict over Fig Tree’s delicious short ribs served with house-baked focaccia. On the side, rather than the standard house potatoes, I decided to try a new addition to the menu: potatoes with arugula, truffle oil, and parmesan cheese, which were pleasantly rich with truffle yet crunchy, a perfect accompaniment to my Bennie.

My date indulged in the Shrimp Frittata, an open-faced omelet loaded with shrimp and topped with sour cream and bell pepper salsa, sided by an impressive quality and selection of fresh fruit (think more pineapple, less melon).

To end our meal we split a slice of Fig Tree’s buttermilk-pecan coffee cake, and were glad we did. The coffee cake was incredibly moist, topped with strawberries and pecans, and despite how full I was, it left me craving more.

We definitely enjoyed our visit to Fig Tree Café in Liberty Station and cannot wait to return to sample the enticing dinner menu!

2400 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103, Liberty Station
(619) 821-2044

Breakfast & Lunch: 7a-3p
Dinner 4p-10p

Happy Hour Every day 4-6pm
$3 Draft beers, bottled beers and mimosas
$4 Select glasses of wine
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