Last time I was home, Maggie took me to her favorite sandwich shop, Darwin’s, located down a lovely, shady curve of Mt. Auburn Street. It’s a cozy coffee and cookie cafe on one end and a sandwich source on the other, both areas filled with fresh flowers. In between, it’s a mini-grocery outpost stock full of bananas and glossy tomatoes, runny cheeses and marzipan chocolates, where sweating bottles of beer are stacked in the fridge and red wine lines the walls.
Maggie pointed out their color-schemed displays. Yellow in the winter window adds cheer. A happy, sunny spot built with mustard bottles, Toblerones, white wines and lemonade.
I wish I had gotten a photo of the sexiest sandwich assembly line ever. I kid you not, there is a boy for every crushing girl heart out there: tall, skinny, curly haired, hat haired, smiley, serious, melting eyes, strong hands, tiny t-shirts, etc., etc., etc. Imagine this assortment of cute men, shoulders hunched while making you the perfect sandwich.
I ordered The Hubbard Park with cheddar on toasted Pepperjack bread. The tables were all taken so Mags and I sat on a bench inside with the “notoriously messy” sandwiches in our laps and a pile of napkins beside us. Stacked inside the sandwich, in addition to the cheese, were slices of avocado, apple, carrot, and tomato, and handfuls of curly sprouts. Hummus and honey-mustard dressed it with a nutty, soft spice. It was an awesome sandwich. Fresh, quality ingredients (and really cute boys) can make all the difference when it comes to food (love).
The Hubbard Park with Cheddar: $7
Darwin’s is located at 148 Mt. Auburn Street and 1629 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA.
Mt. Auburn: (617) 354-5233; Cambridge St.: (617) 491-2999