Crispy pata is a Filipino delicacy made by poaching a pig’s hind leg, then deep-frying–an amazing combination of textures and flavors. Kris P Pata calls it a rich and juicy flavor bomb, saying the newly opened Salo-Salo Grill in Glendale makes an exquisite version that goes great with their garlic rice. Xericx says this location is way better than Cerritos. There may be some consistency issues, though–oldusedcop reports having had crispy pata there that “dries into ragged shreds that are rougher than sandpaper.”
elmomonster considers Magic Wok the best Filipino restaurant in Southern California. You can get the crispy pata here (most of the Filipino customers do), but if you want something less, er, overwhelming, order lechon kawale–it comes in bite-size pieces.
Normal Garciaparra contends that the best Filipino restaurant in town is Asian Noodles–not a bad place for a first encounter with crispy pata.
Salo Salo [Artesia-ish]
18300 Gridley Rd. # A, at 183rd St., Artesia
Salo Salo Grill [Inland of LA]
2530 E. Amar Rd., at Nogales, West Covina
Magic Wok Enterprises [Artesia-ish]
11869 Artesia Blvd., at Pioneer, Artesia
Asian Noodles [Chinatown]
643 N. Spring St., at Cesar Chavez, Los Angeles
Asian Noodles [East San Fernando Valley]
1428 E. Colorado St., at Langley, Glendale
Have you experienced Crispy Pata?