El Pambazo Brings the Goods, Leaving You Muy Lleno

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Each week, Justin Bitner goes hunting for DFW's most interesting sandwiches. Have a sandwich suggestion? Leave it in the comments and he'll check it out.

Venue: Tortas La Hechizera

Sandwich: El Pambazo ($5.69)

Bread: Bolillo well-soaked in scarlet enchilada sauce

Toppings: Chorizo, fried potatoes, queso fresco, crema and lettuce

The Case: Tortas are one of the hidden gems of the food world. The mainstream consciousness has for some reason latched onto tacos as the fad food from south of the border. Perhaps it's their portability, their variety or just their seemingly endless well of double entendres.

Whatever the reason, while the populace is gorging on tacos, folks in the know have been able to enjoy the greatness of tortas. One of the finer purveyors of the classic Mexican sandwich is Tortas La Hechizera down on Maple Avenue. The place recently went through a renovation, allowing more space in the dining room with the order counter now perched next to the side entrance. Walking into the well-lit joint, I spotted my prey advertised on the wall. The giant image of the Pambazo beckoned as I pointed two fingers in its direction and angled my head to the cashier. "Pambazo, por favor."

I grabbed a seat, bending an ear to see if the sparse remnants of my high school Spanish could sort through what was coming out of the television. Just as I was facing the stark realities of my mental atrophy, a woman sidled up to my table and brought things back into perspective. She set down an enormous, oblong Styrofoam plate topped with something that looks like the JerryWorld of sandwiches.

Served on a soaked red bolillo and stacked tall, the Pambazo has the look of a sandwich to be reckoned with. There's a nice char along the top of the bun from a quick panini-style toasting, and toppings spill from every side. After picking up the sandwich and taking a giant bite, I put it down and stared into my hands, which look like I tried to get handsy with Carrie at the prom.

The torta has all the perfect elements lined up. The chorizo and fried potatoes provide the main elements, with the former giving a subtle spiciness while they both bring the salt. The queso fresco, crema and lettuce cooled things down, with the lettuce also adding some crunch. The bolillo is well portioned and soft. The enchilada sauce poured over it gave the tang that would be provided by tomatoes on most sandwiches. A small plastic shot glass of hot sauce that accompanied the torta had me feeling like this a few hours later.

The Verdict: No vas a tener hambre despues de comer el Pambazo. Es un chingo de comida.

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Location Info

Tortas La Hechizera

5611 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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BTW, and I don't want to get banished again; but, sheeeesh, this sonnofabitch only got like 13 hits yesterday!   WHAT What?  AND half of them were me, Scruffy and Broken.  And I spent half the day hiking at Lake Texoma.  Hiking......?    You folks are like, what's that?  AND I cooked out, on an open flame!  WHAT KERG'S?  You can do that?  

Yup, it's called getting off yer ass, and taking the folk with you.  In my case, the 2.5 year old Kergie baby.  I convinced him that "them" were reindeer, cause Santa is getting mobilized for his BIG North Texas run!  

BTW, Texoma, for 5 bucks to hike(and cook) all day-methinks, not bad. 

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You people don't like, or know good food. Hell man, I could throw a buzzard on a plate, and call it duck- and 40 out of 42 trendsters/Dallas hipsters would call it "new cuisine".  Throw some garnish on it; wear a fedora, refer to a food truck......BLAM, sold, to the first Dallas metrosexual hipster!  In the country, we call that shootin' ducks. 

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Two words:  yummy!  That sammy looks incred man.......I'd dance with it, and then........


Hiking, huh. Well, don't let the big bad wolf get you. But, then on second thought...........

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