Its Friday night which is date night for my husband and I. We decide to venture a little outside Jupiter and try food from the legendary Todd English. Fig’s is a small intimate bistro attached to Macy’s in the Palm Beach Gardens Mall. The décor is inviting with warm earth tones and subdued lighting. The menu focuses on upscale American food. Pizza is a highlight here specializing with traditional and eclectic thin-crusted free form pizzas with a variety of toppings baked in a wood-fired oven. Diners can try any of these varietals range from portobello, fig and prosciutto, crispy eggplant, or spinach and artichoke. Perhaps you may want to try the Red Sox with sweet sausage, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions & mustard aioli.
We sat at the bar and were greeted promptly with a plate of delicious italian focaccia bread with an olive oil vinaigrette. Ordered two nice California cabs to sip while reviewed the specials list. While there were many options to choose from on the regular menu ranging from pastas, salads and sandwiches, we decided to order from the daily specials list.
My husband started with the butternut squash soup and ordered the “old School Tuscan Bolognese” for his entrée. I ordered the braised short ribs for my dinner. The butternut soup was thick and rich with a tasty apple, pecan and ham relish. My braised short ribs were a hearty portion of tender boneless shortrib in a rich pinot demi glace. Homemade spinach gnocchi, portabellas, carrots, tomatoes, and leaks accompanied the ribs to make this a wonderful rustic dish. This is the kind of meal that you envision your grandmother in the kitchen all day to make.
The “Old School Tuscan Bolognese” was a combination of both beef and pork bolognese topped with a creamy fresh fettuccine alfredo with grated parmesan cheese. There was quite a lot of depth of flavor in this dish. My husband said he would definitely order it again.
Other specials for the day included Lobster Ravioli, Farmers Market Chop Salad, and a Vegetable Panini. Our server said that the Famers Market Chop Salad was a favorite. Reading the menu description of “Roasted gold beets, squash, red peppers, fennel, apples, dried cherries, smoked gouda, cabbage, romaine and a sherry pommery vinaigrette” it does sound delicious.
We were so full from our entrees that we did not order dessert but we certainly were tempted with such selections as White Chocolate Challah Bread Pudding, Chocolate Lasagna, and Layered Pumpkin and White Chocolate Cheesecake. As if Layered Pumpkin and White Cheesecake isn’t enough, this dessert also has a cinnamon creme anglaise and caramel sauce. Hello? That is a little slice of heaven to me.
We enjoyed our meal at Fig’s, the service was very attentive and made our date night a success. So I would recommend one to stop in at Fig’s for a breather from a rough day of shopping.
They have a nice bar where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine and an appetizer. I would also recommend to patron Fig’s for a nice dinner out. The prices are really reasonable with entrees ranging from $11.00 to $ 22.00. Congrats, Todd English – you truly are a master chef!