One of the many treats to be found in Atlanta is a small sandwich shop, owned and operated by one time Top Chef contestant Hector Santiago that specializes in sandwiches with a Latino flair. The first time I was able to enjoy this eatery was about a year ago, and was blown away by the freshness of the ingredients, and the quality and care of the foods preparation. Everything they seemed to offer from the brisket to their pork was flavorful to the nth degree (the carnitas, for example, is like a soft, warm, fatty oral orgasm for this glutton!).
Due to limited hours of operation, and not working in driving distance to their shop, however, I found it often to go as frequently as I would have desired. This desire was compounded when they added a hamburger, steeped in ghost pepper ketchup to their Friday lineup. Being kind of a masochist when it comes to spicy food, always asking to bring my nose to a state of running and make tears of joy and pain run down my plump cheeks, I was in love with the idea of this burger.
To make a long story short, It took me close to a year before I was able to get a Friday off and be able to visit the shop.
While I found that the burger, which is two beef patties adorned with the aforementioned fire sauce, lettuce, cheese, and pickles on a freshly made hamburger bun, was a fine burger, the overall experience failed to live up to my expectations. The burger itself didn’t live up to the same uniqueness the rest of their menu excels at, and while my wife found it plenty hot, I was left wanting additional kick.