Omnivore - Run, don't walk
Super Pan Latino Sandwich Shop opens
Your destination is Super Pan Latino Sandwich Shop and you can only visit 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Super Pan is the brainchild of Hector Santiago (right photo), chef-owner of Pura Vida and Top Chef contestant. It's located in the rear of Pura Vida but you enter through a door at 1057 Blue Ridge Ave.
Santiago was on hand Tuesday, making sandwiches that have already become the talk of the town. I ordered the one (above picture) featuring serrano ham, manchego cheese, date-almond butter, arugula and bits of sweet-and-sour piquillo peppers. It was made with foccacia. It was an amazing marriage of flavors, from peppery and slightly bitter to sweet and savory. There was crunch. There was creaminess.
Santiago's regular menu is complemented by daily sandwich specials like Tuesday's chicken barbacoa. Like Pura Vida, Super Pan features local ingredients wherever possible, naturally raised meats and sustainable fish.