If you were a Super Pan fan (who wasn’t?) then you probably sobbed at its closing back in 2012, like the rest of us.
But, you can now rejoice this holiday season knowing the reincarnation — El Super Pan Latino Sandwiches & Bar, located in the Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market — is now officially open.
Owner/chef Hector Santiago first shook up the Atlanta culinary scene with Pura Vida, an edgy Latino tapas restaurant located in the same Poncey-Highland neighborhood as Ponce City Market, but a tad to the east.
The former Top Chef contestant was forced to close Pura Vida along with Super Pan, Santiago’s attached Latino sandwich shop.
He then took on the positions of executive chef at Abattoir on the Westside and consulting chef at Big Sky in Buckhead.
Today, Santiago has practically come full circle with the opening of El Super Pan, the Ponce City Market food stall where he now peddles his popular Latino sandwiches.
The menu is small at this 800 square-foot stall, and a little different.
You’ll find old favorites, like the Media Dia slathered with sweet-n-spicy pineapple habanero mustard. And, a spicy pork belly coconut bun topped with cilantro slaw.
Be sure not to skip the newbies though, like the Cubano Mixto — a classic Cuban but with salami. A nod to the Cuban sandwiches of Puerto Rico and Tampa.
Santiago also mentions entrees and tapas style dishes after 6pm in the near future. Maybe he’ll bring back a few of the fun, kinky dishes he created at Pura Vida.
Well, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Ponce City Market is a praise worthy use of recycled space (the old dingy City Hall/Sears Building) that signed more than its fair share of culinary rock stars in the Central Food Hall. With the likes of Linton Hopkins, Anne Quatrano, Jonathan Waxman, and Sean Brock, just to name a few, this could easily be the greatest collection of chefs under roof our city has ever witnessed.
And even with all those big-name egos, uh, I mean chefs doing there thing at Ponce City Market, Santiago’s cooking still catapults him near, or to the top.
Not to inflate his ego, but Santiago could very well be the best chef in Atlanta.