Walking down Grand Ave. you’ll see plenty of houses with signs out front. Block after block of businesses created in homes. Anything from a taste of Ireland to a photography studio are on display on one of the best streets in St. Paul but this post is to tell you to stop at a particular home with a sign out front that says “The Barbary Fig.”
Because fresh ingredients make this Mediterranean restaurant one of our favorites. Opened in 1989 by Brahim Hadj-Moussa, The Barbary Fig stuck around on a competitive street while other restaurants stumbled and left. That being said, you may have never heard of this place, but it endures for a reason.
Sticking to his roots, Hadj-Moussa started doing dishes he knew like Chicken Tagine or Roasted Lamb and Bleu Cheese on an open faced brioche bun. He also has brought more than just ‘scarce-to-these-parts’ dishes by bringing in the culture of North Africa and the ingredients of center of the world. These items populate the dinner menu and of course you’ll have a good time trying them.
We like brunch the best, which is only on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Featured here, you’ll find a Lamb Sausage Hash or Warm French Bread with Apricot Chutney. You’ll also find the BRIK Wrap Sandwich, holding roasted potatoes, eggs, sheep cheese and harissa. It’s a fantastic switch-up from the traditional brunch and once you’ve made this a staple, you’ll find your Sunday afternoons are going to be booked for months to come.
The house is great and the outdoor patio is even better. People watch and indulge on some of the best Mediterranean food you can find in the Twin Cities.