Spicy foods: Torta Ahogada at La Casita

From the 03/03/2011 edition

Surely a sandwich designed by Satan, this Mexican mouth-mauler ($8) starts with a huge, flat and puffy piece of sliced bread that's more like a halved loaf than a roll. Into this sturdy - if flammable - foundation goes a pig-tastic helping of rich, juicy and tender pork carnitas plus a creamy schmear of homey guacamole.

Then El Diablo gets into the act as the entire sandwich is dunked and drenched ("ahogada" means drowned) in an evil, devil-red chili broth that will knock your head off. Recommended only for asbestos-throated types.

Heat factor: 4 out of 4