At long last, the 3 Little Figs cafe in Somerville is open. Last month I featured some of the pastries made by “Big Fig” Katie in anticipation of the cafe’s opening and now I’m excited to show you the finished space.
The cafe is absolutely stunning with a blue and white color scheme, intricate stenciling on the walls and abundant sunlight. Fresh flowers and mini pumpkins adorn the countertops and the light fixtures are repurposed whisk attachements from industrial mixers.
The cafe sells the same wonderful treats that previously were only available at farmers’ markets or City Feed, like the devilishly good chocolate ginger bombs, rich chocolate and molasses spice cookies with fresh grated ginger and chunks of chocolate. They are soft with a crunchy coating of turbinado sugar on the outside.
The opening of the cafe brings with it the debut of some new breakfast and lunch offerings. There are sandwiches and toasts, smaller open-face sandwiches perfect for breakfast or a light lunch. Above, the Feta Toast with olive tapenade, tomatoes, feta, olive oil and herbs.
And my current obsession, the Village with roasted purple sweet potato, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, goat cheese, honey and olive oil. This sandwich is served on a sweet and nutty grain bread from Iggy’s. The drizzle of honey is the highlight of this sandwich, adding a subtle note of earthy sweetness.
3 Little Figs is a family operation through and through. Walk in at any point and you’ll find Katie baking and prepping in the kitchen, often with her mother too. Katie’s sister Caroline greets customers at the counter with a smile and Katie’s husband Andy heads up the coffee operation, brewing drinks using Gimme! Coffee from Ithaca, NY. If you don’t normally find yourself in the Davis/Porter/general Somerville area, 3 Little Figs is an excellent reason to make a trip. The cafe is open 7am-6pm Tuesday through Friday, 8am to 4pm Saturday, and 8am-3pm Sundays.
3 Little Figs
278 Highland Avenue