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Ethnic.City: Super Pan

posted on August 25, 2010 at 10:03 am

The unmistakable boom of chef Hector Santiago’s voice calling out sandwich orders to his staff trickles out to the slanted sidewalk leading toward Poncey-Highland’s Super Pan Latino Sandwich Shop (1057 Blue Ridge Ave., 404-477-0379, www.superpanlatinosandwichshop.com). The sounds and smells emanating from the tiny open kitchen cause the same excited anticipation you feel when hearing your beloved mother or grandmother banging about in the kitchen. You know you are in for something good.

After a brief stint on “Top Chef,” Santiago quietly resumed his rounds at his famed pan-Latin restaurant, Pura Vida. Fans, who were enraged Santiago’s cooking wasn’t more appreciated on the popular Bravo show, waited in quiet anticipation to see what the talented chef would do next. Changes happened gradually at Pura Vida, with the addition of an insanely delicious and refined chicken burrito to the menu. Then, out of nowhere, Santiago appeared at the successful Atlanta Urban Picnic, organized by the Atlanta Street Food Coalition at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, slinging his burritos to a mob of his enthusiastic supporters.

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