How a Casino Diner in a Cemetery-Filled City Connects Generations of Filipino

Chef Eric Ehler of San Francisco’s Outta Sight Pizza occasionally visited Cafe Colma in its late-night hours and came to love the restaurant and casino for its quirkiness. “It’s about when you and your homies are out getting faded all night and someone asks if you want to play cards and eat lumpia, then you show up to a nondescript area and enter a palace where the cards are as crispy as the lumpia, and the players just as salty,” he says. “Then you eat an eggplant fried in egg and you realize you are in a room of every Asian ethnicity, old and young, drunk, and having the time of your life.”

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