Well, if you never knew where Fourth Street was, you sure will now! The buzz around Darwin Santa Maria’s newest culinary playground is explosive. I have heard friends describe their meals as “the best ever”, “exceptional flavors” and perhaps my favorite: “OMG, I really have died and landed in culinary heaven.”
In a building that hosted Rustic Grill and Mad Crow, Darwin has brought soul to both structure and plate. What was once a dungeon-like atmosphere now has warmth and a true feeling of Peruvian culture. The lighting is dim, and the brick walls display iron works of art and soothing background colors. The main dining area is open and overlooks the complete open kitchen.
Darwin has created recipes with global reach using his usual creative flare. Look for dishes like wahoo tiradito – wahoo sashimi with ginger aioli, cucumber mango, seaweed salad and ponsu sauce, and the award-winning tuna tiradito – fresh tuna sashimi, ginger soy sauce, cubes of fresh watermelon and leche de tigre. And there are those Asian-style chicken wings.
If you have been a fan of Darwin since he first open his tiny Selva Grill restaurant, you will savor the return of Darwin’s skirt steak with sweet plantains and and chimichurri. The malbec-braised short ribs with truffle chive risotto and herb salad have become a local favorite already, however my new fave is the Amazon Chaufa-Peruvian friend rice with duck, shrimp, pork, sweet plantains and quail egg.
Darwins of 4th is located at:
1525 4th Street, Downtown Sarasota