This place is always full, so I guess I must be in the minority here. I live on the same block and so really wanted to like the new Darwin's more than I do.
They've done a good enough job with the interior; some signs still visible from its laundromat past, but nice comfortable sofas and armchairs and good lighting. The deli counter and produce sections are spacious and visually appealing.
The first problem is the APPALLING service, which shows no signs of improving after the first few weeks. No real system for lining up. Sandwiches take forever to be made. The people who work at the counter are really slow and indifferent to the line order and have major problems making the coffee drinks.
And the chow itself? Nice selection of Lakota cookies (I love the oreo ones), Iggy's bread and bagels (although a raisin pecan roll I bought was stale), a small selection of salads. I've tried about five of the sandwiches and have found them all kind of disappointing and often messily made. There's too much filling or they're so badly cut so that they fall apart immediately in your hands. The quality of the meat cold cuts seems low -- the turkey is piled very thickly but is watery and flavorless. Nor do any of the sandwiches seem to have much flavor or gusto. The condiments are low quality, too -- like thin sugary honey mustard sauce of the Au Bon Pain variety.
Despite all this, I guess I'll keep on going until exam period is over! Does anyone have any suggestions for better choices?