Beef – It’s What’s for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


“A hamburger can be a work of art,” he said matter of factly. This, while I was rolling my eyes that my infinitely better half would even dream of ordering a hamburger at a casual, yet, classy joint like The Fig Café in Glen Ellen. I mean, really – who would go to a place with menu items such as tart du jour, café eggs Florentine, grilled butcher’s steak and steamed mussels – and order a hamburger? Especially when he always orders hamburgers.


So, while I was busy sipping a mimosa and awaiting my very own tart du jour, he was drinking in a deep cabernet with visions of ground beef in his head, no doubt. All the while I was thinking how nice it was to have a far more sophisticated pallet than the cave dweller with whom I dined.

Then it happened.

The waitress brought my wild mushroom tart – good albeit – but God bless America, it looked puny next to the best-looking burger I had ever seen. If it was art, this burger was a Picasso. So there I was: major mea culpa followed by begging for a bite. Thankfully he obliged. He’s pretty gracious…for a cave dweller.

By Shelly Kessen shelly-byline.jpg

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  • Christine | Feb 13, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    I really need to try The Fig Cafe, although it has a lot to live up to replacing the Girl and the Gaucho, which was my all time favorite restaurant in GE.

    Way to keep it real with the hamburger 🙂

  • Shelly | Feb 14, 2008 at 9:17 am

    It is definitely worth the trip!