The traditional Filipino dish of crispy pata is nearly always "pure pork bliss," according to Saveur, but the version at Patio Filipino is a cut above: it's “the best I've found,” writer David Bolosan says. To create the dish, pork foreshanks are simmered, slathered with fish sauce, and then deep-fried for a crispy coating. It's a three-step process perfected by Patio Filipino's head chef, a Manila native with both Spanish and Filipina heritage. It's no wonder, then, that the kitchen incorporates ginger, miso, and other Filipino ingredients into their tapas menu. Diners can wash down these shareable dishes with one of the restaurant's own wines, or clack their empty plates together like castanets to accompany the painting of a flamenco dancer gracing the dining room.
With hands gripped to the wheels of karts capable of cresting 45 miles per hour, up to 12 racers hum around the hairpin turns and straightaways of K1 Speed's indoor track during adrenaline-spiking sprints toward the podium. This brand of excitement can be found at all 20+ locations, where racers eschew the fumes and inflammatory skywriting of gas kart exhaust for European, eco-friendly electric karts designed to instantly accelerate out of curves, which are bordered by safety barriers that absorb impacts.
GoKart Racer safely curbs the need for speed with its fleet of Sodi RX 7 European racing karts, which come equipped with hydraulic brakes, a four-point racing harness, and a 9-horsepower Honda engine that can reach up to 35 miles per hour. The speedsters weave through each facility's indoor European-style road courses, including the 3/8-mile SuperTrack, which has more than 20 turns, an elevation change, and the occasional hotshot, road-jumping frog.
Before the green flag waves, the staff members equip racers with a racing suit, a helmet, and a brief rundown of the kart's abilities and dietary regulations. They tailor races to different age groups by offering kids? karts, a driving school for minors, and racing leagues for experienced drivers, and they augment traditional racing with a laser maze. The facility also welcomely opens its doors for birthday parties and other events.
Daly City Party Playhouse immerses families in more than 50 medieval-themed but modernly supervised climbing structures, rides, and games. Open-play passes grant visitors unlimited access to the castle playhouse and its surrounding countryside of ball pits, slides, and mazes overseen by an attentive staff and domesticated minotaur. Just beyond the bounce houses and climbing tunnels lies an arcade replete with rides and games such as air hockey and basketball toss. A toddler area partitions wobbly walkers from the older cavorters, and the adult lounge appeases larger folk with HD television, Internet access, billiards, foosball, and lectures on medieval innovations in wheat-milling technology.
Each of Pink Shutter Photobooths' self-service memory capsules is equipped with a high-resolution, digital SLR camera. A touchscreen displays a live view of subjects as they pose for snapshots. Photo strips in limitless supply emerge from the booth's printer within 12 seconds, allowing for short lines and minute-by-minute updates on beard-growing competitions.