By Chad Ruiz
Gettin’ Figgy With It! Fig Café in Houma Rekindles Memories of Yesteryear
The scent of baked cookies…cheerful hugs and kisses…exciting outings. When reminiscing about our grandparents, we often recall times of bliss. When Nikki Robichaux remembers her great grandmother, she recollects climbing her fig tree and eating warm biscuits with fig preserves. These memories led to the Terrebonne-native opening Fig Café in Houma.
“I want to take people back to their childhood memories through old fashioned, homemade food,” Robichaux said. “I wanted to make this a little café where people could come to study, have study groups, meet clients and simply come together and relax.”
Robichaux’s Fig Café offers tasty, all-day breakfast dishes like the Fig Breakfast Platter, Breakfast Flatbread, biscuits, croissants, bagels, gouda grits, coffee and juice. She also provides many lunch and afternoon options like her signature Fig and Mediterranean salads (along with several other salads), hummus, fig flatbreads, soups (bisques and gumbos), wraps and sandwiches. Local sources provide most of the ingredients.
She says all of the fig-inspired dishes became local favorites like the fig flatbread, which features a flatbread topped with fig preserve, prosciutto and goat cheese, placed in the oven then finished with ribbons of spinach and a decadent balsamic glaze. Another hot item is the Fig Ham Sandwich (my favorite!) served on a ciabatta that includes honey ham, fig preserve and brie baked open-faced in the oven providing a nice even heat throughout.
Of course, no southern cooking is complete without a little decadence. Fig Café’s desserts include lemon bars, cheesecake with strawberry swirl bars, loaded brownies, blondie bars and gluten-free Rice Krispies Treats™.
Maybe it was the fig-inspired menu, maybe it was the friendly staff, or maybe it was the rekindled memories of my grandparents, whatever the reason, I long for another fig ham sandwich.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
411 Corporate Drive
Houma, LA 70360