there are hundreds, if not thousands, of varieties of figs and, quite frankly, almost all of them are delicious. (there's a fig germplasm repository at the UC Wolfskill site .. I spent an afternoon there tasting probably 3-4 dozen varieties and that was just what was ripe at that time).
figs really do need warmth, but they can grow in surprising places. i had good friends in Albuquerque New Mexico (5,000 feet, tough winters), that kept a fig tree by planting it next to the house against a south-facing wall to trap the sun's heat.