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The verdict on 3 newcomers to Atlanta’s dining scene

Chef Hector Santiago's El Super Pan makes its way to the Battery at SunTrust Park; Chef Leslie Cohen joins Atlanta's pizza wars with Firepit Pizza Tavern; and Grant Park has a new Mexican restaurant, Patria Cocina.

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Hector Santiago Ponce City Market

Hector Santiago to revive beloved sandwich shop, Super Pan, at Ponce City Market this fall

He's back. Come fall, Atlantans will be able to enjoy Hector Santiago’s Latin sandwiches and more at the new Super Pan at Ponce City Market. The former Pura Vida chef confirmed that his food stall will offer an expanded version of the menu he’s been serving at pop-ups this summer. There will be Cubans and small plates, along with sides like yuca fries and plantains, and rum-based craft cocktails.

Hector Santiago talks Big Sky Buckhead, H. Santiago Burritos for mid-2014

Hector Santiago, formerly of Pura Vida and Super Pan, has joined forces with Adam Berlin and Juan Calle to open a new fast-casual restaurant in Buckhead. Big Sky will focus on food inspired by Santiago’s Latin background, but also encompass other cultures and ingredients. This 130-plus-seat space with multiple patios is set to open the last week in January or first week in February. We spoke with Santiago, who shared more details about his upcoming project.

Where to eat this weekend: May 3-5

Saltyard preview at Huff Harrington
Saltyard is offering Atlantans the chance to try its food before the restaurant officially opens in a few weeks. The dinner will be held at Huff Harrington Fine Art tomorrow at 7 p.m. The menu will include ahi tuna carpaccio, raw Thai vegetable salad, lemon and ale-braised chicken thighs, and more, served with wine. Reservations are required. $75 per person. Call 404.382.8088.

Bazaar Bizarro fundraiser for Slow Food Atlanta
A country fair with food from Farm Burger, Community Q BBQ, King of Pops, and more, Bazaar Bizarro is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Love is Love Farm at Gaia Garden in Decatur. Local crafters and circus performers will be showcasing their talents, and attendees can participate in a “veggie Tug-of-War,” radish races, Maypole dancing, and cupcake walks, among other activities. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $12.50 for children (plus service fees), and proceeds benefit Slow Food Atlanta.

El Burro Pollo is back
Hector Santiago (formerly of Pura Vida) is bringing back his burrito stand, El Burro Pollo, this weekend for a pop-up in East Atlanta Village. According to Santiago’s Facebook page, the stand will be open Saturday from 6:30 p.m. “’til the food is gone” at banh mi shop We Suki Suki.

Cinco de Ri Ra
Though Cinco de Mayo celebrations are usually kept to Mexican restaurants, Ri Ra Irish Pub is offering its own take on the holiday Sunday with a “Cinco de Ri Ra” celebration. The party, which starts at 9 p.m. and goes until midnight, features a DJ, Dos Equis, margaritas, and Mexi-Irish creations such as corned beef and cabbage burritos and shepherd’s pie enchiladas.

Hector Santiago’s Super Pan

Besides my belief that he is one of the five best chefs working in Atlanta today, what I love most about Hector Santiago is the way he tinkers with things. Instead of renovating his Poncey-Highland restaurant, Pura Vida, in one chunk, the Top Chef alum took six months to build a basement dining room himself. He also reframed the kitchen, moved an awkward door leading to a hallway, and, most recently, started both a weekday sandwich shop on-site and a weekend burrito stand in the parking lot across the street.

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