I'm counting down the top ten dishes from the new restaurants that I reviewed in 2012. Read the complete series to date.
#9. The pambazo at Siete Luminarias (2818 Cherokee Street; 314-932-1333)
Siete Luminarias offers this version of the classic Mexican torta -- though before you assemble a pambazo, you soak the bread in a guajillo-chile sauce, giving it a distinctive red hue and a mild kick. The pambazo comes with your choice of meat (steak, chicken, chorizo or pork skin), pinto beans, chopped potato and carrot, lettuce and crema. The ratio of meat to vegetable is just right -- it's a big sandwich, but not overwhelming -- and the guajillo-chile sauce gives the meat and earthy vegetables a pleasant bite.
-- from "Seven Heaven" (March 15, 2012)