Formerly a sari store, Penoy Pa Rin is now a small Filipino grocer, open 4 months. A few vegetables, seafood (cleaned and fried at no charge), staples, video rentas, and a three-item steam table plus indoor seating for 4.
The vegetable dish looked good so I opted for that over rice, $3.50. But just at that moment a tray of beatifully golden-brown crispy pata came out of the small kitchen. How could I resist? So, a small one, $4.50, was added to my lunch order. It was then cut off the bone and chopped for me, and packed with some black vinegar spiked with garlic.
The opa squash was heavily laced with garlic and a little bit of tomato along with sauteed beef bits. The light juices were good with the rice and I enjoyed this very much. The pata was crisp all over with a fine-grained bubbly thin skin rather than poofed up crackling, however, the meat was too firm for my taste. Yet, this place does make this every day and not just on weekends like some of the others in town. So, maybe for the next craving.
Penoy Pa Rin
1801 Marine World Parkway, #135