Lunchtime comes around quick.

Where’s one place can you go in Syracuse to find a great sandwich at a great price?


I’ve been to DARWIN several times now, and the experiences I have had have been simply wonderful. In a cute, cozy building located across the street from The Post-Standard‘s building on N. Clinton St., you can come in for breakfast or lunch during the week and pick out food and drinks. Their menus are hand-written on chalkboards. Inside, one of the very friendly staff members will greet you and take your order.
What I love about DARWIN as well, as I have mentioned in a previous post, is that their menu evolves each week. This past week I went was week 23 since their opening this past summer. Each week there is a new message up on their website, from co-owner Daryl McGrew as to what’s on their menu and what their latest updates are.  I also love that each sandwich comes with an Atomic Fireball candy! 🙂

"This Little Piggy Went to Utica" Sandwich, DARWIN. $8

This particular visit, which was a few days ago, I had the “This Little Piggy Went to Utica” sandwich for lunch. The sandwich is $8, and here’s what the sandwich contains, according to their website:

“This one comes from your suggestions.  Stephen Gullo, who is in fact working on his own sandwich shop in Boston, made this suggestion after trying our Utica Greens.  We added a little zip to our seasoned, shredded pork, top it with a healthy helping our of delicious homemade Utica Greens, and cover with a sharp provolone cheese.  It all comes piled high on a fresh DiLauro’s sub roll glazed with our roasted garlic aioli.  For those of you ready to take a break from your diet…this one’s for you.”

Utica Greens are a popular dish around here. According to a blog on Smithsonian Magazine, they consist of escarole , and then some prosciutto, garlic, chicken broth and hot peppers.

This sandwich was delicious! I loved the seeded sub roll that it was on from DiLauro’s: there was a bit of a crunch to the bread and then the soft fluffy dough part in the middle gave the sandwich a nice texture. I very much enjoyed the Utica Greens – they were spicy yet sweet at the same time. There was also what appeared to be ham on the sandwich. I’m usually not a huge fan of ham, but I thought the ham made the sandwich as well, giving it that sweetness mixed with the spicy greens. I definitely recommend this to you!
Going along with the “Green” theme, I also decided to try one of their rotating side dishes, their “Fried Green Tomatoes.” These were absolutely incredible too. Like this blog on Smithsonian Magazine, I concur that I too did not hear of these green marvels until the 1991 film came out. Tomatoes? Green?

The blog on Smithsonian Magazine says the following as to their origin. Food historian and writer in S.C. Robert F. Moss said to their blog that they actually started in the Northeast and Midwest and “perhaps with a link to Jewish immigrants.”

I finally got my hands on some, first at Dinosaur BBQ. Then trying them at DARWIN, I have become hooked.

The batter was crispy: not too greasy and not cooked too light. They were just right. The tomatoes were not too thin or thick either and they came with delicious Ranch dressing on the side which gave them that extra kick.

Fried Green Tomatoes from DARWIN.

I washed my lunch that day down with a Diet Dr. Pepper, which

the staff at DARWIN have told me is a very popular drink among the customers.

Please watch my video for my full review on my lunch! They now take credit cards too!

DARWIN. 211 N. Clinton St. Syracuse

HOURS: 9:30am till 2:30pm, Monday thru Friday.

(315) 373-0484