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Published on October 14th, 2012 | by Marques Haven


Fig Café & Wine Bar

In ancient Greek methodology the food and drink typically consumed by the Gods was often referred to as “ambrosia” and it was believed that if mere mortals were to consume it, they would have ageless immortality. Oh if only such a thing truly did exist…wait…wait…. I humbly submit to you the Fig Café & Wine Bar located at 1248 South Main Street in Wake Forrest NC. Now I freely admit that dinning here will not stop the tick-tock of Father Time from marching on but you better believe that your taste buds will be happy, and isn’t happiness the biggest part of remaining youthful… of course it is.

Now let me give you the delectable details. Yesterday MJ and I had the pleasure of meeting one of the owners, Tana Fox, one of two sisters, Teresa being the other, who are affectionately referred to as the ‘Figsters”. Before moving here from Sarasota, Florida in 2010, Tana had a dream of opening a business – and in that dream the name “Fig” remained a constant. After mulling through the options of frozen yogurt this and cupcake that, they decided on the Fig Café and Wine Bar… yeah I know genius right, two of the most coveted things known to mankind – coffee and wine. I am happy to say that their dream has become our wonderful reality.

The café resides in a lovely structure that can be best described as a beautiful country home. Dark hardwood floors run throughout the café  and comfortable armchairs that beckon long and deep conversations over glasses of wine or espresso a delicately placed. While the weather permits, I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the comfortable outdoor seating that will have you thinking of anything but leaving.

The food coming out of the Chef’s kitchen will rival or beat anything you would find further south on Route 1 (downtown). MJ and I had one of their infamous “Wine Bites” appetizers, specifically the “Grand Cheese & Charcuterie, simply put, my new favorite thing in the whole wide world.  The menu runs the gamut but all of it good. Needless to say I plan on eating my way through it.

It goes without saying that the “Figsters” had me at great food and amazing ambiance, all contained within an establishment that conjures up memories of going home for Sunday dinner. However I would be remiss if I did not mention their self-serve “WineStation.” That’s right, I said “self-serve.” Never in all my travels have I ever happed upon a place where you could buy a “wine card” and help yourself to one (or more) glasses of wine from mostly local or near by wineries. Did I mention genius?

When you go, and you should go, ask for Katie to give you the rundown of the menu and especially the WineStation. She’s hard to miss, the redhead with the infectious smile.

Those of us that live north and more than a traffic headache away from downtown – we now have a new place to frequent, a place where the food and wine will evoke good times and great memories. I encourage you to partake in an experience that will have you coming back for more… did I mention this place is genius?








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