The Hawallan torta at Puebla Mini Mart takes its tropical name from a thick slice of grilled pineapple that lies within the center of this massive sandwich. It's surrounded by slices of griddled ham, spicy carne enchilada, quesillo (think Mexican string cheese), refried beans, chipotles in adobo, tomatoes, onions, avocado, and pickled jalapeño all stuffed into a soft bollilo roll and pressed until warm and crisp.
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Not technically a hot dog—more like a delicious cross between Mexican torta sandwich and hot dog. [Photographs and original artwork: Hawk Krall] Past Weeks' Dogs Tuscan Tony Zweigle's Cincinnati Cheese ConeyTexas TommyPhilly Dirty Water DogChicago Dog I might be pushing the definition of "hot dog" with this one, but this monster of a sandwich was just too good to ignore. On a recent trip to Brooklyn I stopped at the Puebla Mini Mart (aka "Don Pepe's") in Sunset Park for a bite before an all-day hot dog excursion. The colorful bodega with a full-service grill and tables in the back had a wild menu with more varieties of tortas than you ever thought possible. But I did a double-take when...