Darwin is pretty awesome, which is why there’s always a line during lunch time. During my last visit, I went before lunch on a Saturday morning and was delighted to have no wait! Definitely doing this again, next time with the fiancee.
In a quiet alley, the curbside seats are nice when the weather is warm.
That small cafe vibe.
The Poached Eggs Darwin, only available for dine-in. Creamed spinach, roast beef, grilled sourdough, béarnaise sauce. Served with Darwin’s standard house salad.
If I were to make food for a living, I’d want it to be like this because everything is made well with high quality ingredients. The flavors aren’t masked by the sauces, but that béarnaise was just the right amount to complement the dish. The creamed spinach wasn’t overly creamy so that you could still taste and appreciate the spinach. Of course, the poached eggs were cooked just right with fully cooked whites and slow-runny yolks. The bread is a solid platform, and it’s what makes their sandwiches good too.
Weekday lunches to go are also fantastic; I try to go when it’s raining outside since SF’s SoMa workers seem to stay indoors when it rains.
Butter lettuce salad with sweet potatoes, pecans, and ham.
Roast beef sandwich with watercress, sweet onion, tarragon aioli, white cheddar. Served with Darwin’s standard house salad.
They also serve De La Paz coffee, if that’s your thing.
Darwin Cafe, 212 Ritch St, San Francisco, CA 94107