The potato and chorizo pambazo from Tortas Factory del D.F. on Buford Highway is delightfully messy. 
Photo: CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS
Photo: CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

Find this uniquely messy — and tasty — sandwich on Buford Highway

Dish of the Week: Papas con chorizo de puerco pambazo at Tortas Factory del D.F.

I’m a firm believer that sandwich messiness and tastiness are correlated. Sandwiches tend to be at their best when their elements somewhat blend together, and you can’t tell where one layer ends and the next one begins. Dry sandwiches are as disappointing as a wet sock. 

That’s why I was delighted to be introduced to the pambazo at Tortas Factory del D.F. on Buford Highway. The restaurant’s papas con chorizo de puerco pambazo might have been my first sandwich of this type, but it absolutely won’t be my last. 

The key to a pambazo is dipping the bread in a salsa-like mixture of guajillo peppers before building the sandwich. The version I had was filled with diced potatoes, spicy pork chorizo sausage, lettuce and a little extra salsa. 

Of course, it’s very messy, but very tasty. The spicy, salsa-dipped and griddled bread creates the effect of a sandwich that has been able to marinate for a while, though it still retains the benefits of a fresh sandwich. The filling is hot and flavorful, while the salsa and veggie toppings remain fresh, cool and crisp.

Like almost everything on the menu at Tortas Factory, the pambazo is a great value: a generously portioned sandwich for only $6.50. I’m not sure why it took so long, but I may have found a sandwich soulmate. 

Tortas Factory del D.F. 5781 Buford Highway, Doraville. 770-452-8470, Facebook page: Tortas Factory Del D.F.

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