A Sandwich a Day: Roast Beef at Darwin Cafe in San Francisco

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[Photograph: Lauren Sloss]

The roast beef sandwich ($9) at Darwin Cafe is piled high on thickly-cut, toasty and charred slices of sourdough, made brilliant by a rich combination of sweet corn aioli and cherry tomato jam. Sweet, creamy, and bursting with flavor, every bite declares "it's still summertime."

Darwin, a pocket-sized cafe tucked away on Ritch Alley in SOMA, changes up their sandwiches every few months (hence the delicious seasonality). While I was most struck by the spreads on this particular one, the meat (thinly sliced, and an ample amount) was tender, salty and flavorful, well complemented by mostly melted slices of cave-aged gruyere.

A healthy sprinkling of crisp arugula cuts through the richness of the rest of the sandwich, balancing the sweet and salty elements nicely. At $9, it isn't the cheapest meal in the neighborhood, but served with an equally fresh and interesting salad (baby spinach, cantaloupe, cucumber, and feta on my visit), Darwin's sandwiches make for an above-average lunch option.

Darwin Cafe

212 Ritch Street, San Francisco CA 94107 (map)

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