In the process of working this weekend, I discovered that my beloved Wild Fig is currently closed! I was completely in shock when I approached the restaurant on my way into Sears and noticed the gates down and a sign in the window. I nearly had a heart attack from disappointment, until I saw that they are just relocating elsewhere in the mall. I have no idea where they could possibly be relocating to, but at least they aren’t gone forever. That would certainly be a sign of the apocalypse.
For those of you unfortunate enough to have never had a Wild Fig experience, this is one restaurant I happily and highly recommend to anyone in the area, especially people who work at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove (like I do) because they deliver there and offer a mall employee discount. That came in handy for me while I was working at Lindt as a shift supervisor, when I was alone in the store for basically my entire shift and thus couldn’t take a break to go get food.
Their authentic Mediterranean-style food appeals to a health-conscious person like me. They have lots of veggie dishes, and their salads are absolutely TO-DIE-FOR. Seriously. I’ve never had a tastier Greek salad in my entire life. Their house dressing is so flavorful that asking for it on the side and only using a little doesn’t feel like dressing-deprivation at all.
I’ve also had their chicken kebabs, which are equally enthusiasm-inducing. They grill the meat perfectly–it’s cooked thoroughly but not the least bit dry–and the veggies are sweet and caramelized but not grilled to mushiness. YUM! :yum:
It says a lot about bread for me to enjoy it since I’m not the biggest plain-bread person in the world, and I enjoy their pitas. They’re fresh-baked, tender-but-crispy-crusted, and have a pleasant, light flavor. They go very well with their yogurt sauce, which is another thing I am thoroughly enamored of–it’s not to dilly, and being very sensitive to dill, I love when yogurt sauce is only delicately seasoned with it instead of RIFE with it.
On my list of things to taste from them is their lentil soup, since a former co-worker highly recommended it, chicken gyro, imam biyaldi, and any of the baklava. Mmm…layers of flaky pastry, honey, and other fillings…