Fig Tree’s After Christmas Brunch pleases my whole family.
By Jan Walsh
This year was “Big Christmas,” the year when the gang is all here. So, I spent days cooking for Christmas. But for the day after Christmas, I made reservations at Fig Tree. After reading my previous reviews of Chef J.P Holland’s brunch my Florida family has been anxious to try it.
We arrive with our table in the bar waiting for us and start with shared apps of Fried Green Tomatoes, Crab Cakes, and Truffle Fries without the truffle, due to allergy, but with shaved Parm. We paired with a bottle of Sparkling Wine and Bloody Marys. What a spread! J.P.’s delicate and delicious crab cakes are always a must, which you can also find on Fig’s lunch menu. These fist-sized, pan seared delights are made of Greg Abrams’ crab claw meat and served with remoulade. One taste and they are not only highly recommended by me, but also my family too. The tasty tomatoes are cornmeal dusted and lightly fried. They are enhanced by house made chow-chow and remoulade.
And Fig’s fresh cut, Parm fries are simply addictive.
For entrees we order an array of brunch offerings along with extra sides of Fig’s tried and true, always incredible hash browns. I catch the Day Boat Brunch, fresh line caught Greg Abrams fish of the day, red snapper. The flavorful and succulent snapper floats on a bed of Chef’s famous cheddar grits none better anywhere.
Fig’s eggs in Mimi’s Truck Stop Special show and tell their farm freshness in every bite, no matter how they are cooked, scrambled or fried.
And the crisp, beautiful bacon’s careful sourcing shines through.
Crab Cake Situation is the same lovely cakes as we enjoyed as an appetizer, atop fried green tomatoes topped, and crowned with over easy eggs and hollandaise, sensational!
Truck Stop Chicken and Waffle comes Nashville Hot and not hot classic. We had both. The chicken breast is fried to perfection, golden on the outside and white and juicy on the inside. The airy and crisp Belgian style waffle stands up to the big bird, rounding out the dish with its deep pockets filled with generous portions of warm maple syrup and warm, melted butter. From those who did not order it, there is obvious waffle envy around the table.
Fig is open weekly for Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
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