Super Pan is Top Chef alum Hector Santiago's latest venture. It's open only for lunch on weekdays, so alas, not everyone can enjoy his Latin sandwiches. Lucky for me, it's work from home Wednesday and the Poncey Highlands resto is a mere hop skip and a jump away from Chez Adventurous Tastes.
The small sandwich shop is tucked right behind his tapas joint Pura Vida. Your order upstairs, choosing from a fairly small menu of creative Latin sandwiches and dine downstairs. On my first visit I opted for his upscale take on the Cuban sandwich - the Medio Dia, with Berkshire pork, ham, chayote pickles, swiss, and habanero mustard on a pineapple "submarino" roll. On my visit today, I chose the Coca de Jamon y Queso, a sweet mix of serrano, manchego, data marcona almond butter, arugala and pequillo pepper agridulce. A heavenly agua fresca tried on my first visit is still lingering in my memory, too. So fresh and flavorful!
Clearly, Hector isn't skimping on ingredients! And at up to $12 for a sandwich, you're paying for them. But they are especially tasty sandwiches, and are largely different from what you'd find elsewhere. Originality counts for a lot given my usual lunch options bore me to tears.
Super Pan is well worth checking out if you can get there on a weekday. Both visits came with very long wait times for food though, so don't go if you're in a hurry.
1057 Blue Ridge Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30306