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May 7, 2007 11:02 AM

Ohana Hawaiian BBQ Opens in Alameda

Ohana Hawaiian BBQ recently opened in the re-born Bridgeside (Blanding) Shopping
Center, and, having tried their Kalua Pork and Katsu Chicken offerings, (served forth
in absolutely mammoth portions) the question begs to be asked- given the incredible ubiquity of menus, presentations and tastes of Alameda's three Hawaiian BBQ's-L and L, Hawaiian Drive-Inn and Ohana- do they share a remote, communal kitchen?

Ohana's Kahlua Pork was tender, fat-free and bacony- umami tasting, the cabbage nicely braised and al dente, the rice comfortably bland and clumpy, and the macaroni salad Hawaiian BBQ style over-the-top rich. The Katsu was crispy and greaseless.
IMHO, a good fast-food deal.

You can also get the Katsu drowned in "rich brown gravy" here. Nice.

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    1. Which of the Hawaiian BBQ's in Alameda do you like the best?

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      1. re: rworange

        Well, let's see- The flavors, portions, prices, atmosphere and service at all three are pretty much identical, so I'll have to choose my fave for convenience reasons:

        L and L has ample parking, but doesn't take plastic, although they have an ATM machine-
        Hawaiian BBQ takes plastic, but has horrendous to no parking-
        Ohana takes plastic, has plenty of parking, plus it has that "rich brown gravy"
        thing on the Katsu chicken, Loco Moco and the roast pork, so it wins, IMHO.

      2. Thanks for the report, I'll have to check it out.

        BTW, the island saying goes something like, "local boys don't eat until they're full, they eat until they're tired" which explains the huge portions, it's expected.

        1. Is there indoor seating available, or is this place strictly takeout? Thanks.

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          1. re: Cindy

            Yes- All three Alameda Hawaiian BBQs have ample indoor seating, even though a
            sizeable (horrible pun intended) number of their well-fed, big-eating clientele may take up
            unusually large amounts of space.

          2. Went here today for lunch. Lots of parking - many of the storefronts in the mall haven't been leased yet (when you drive into the parking lot, drive away from Nob Hill grocery store).

            I must have caught them on an off-day - I ordered a combo of Katsu chicken and Kahlua pork (my 2nd choice - I wanted the roast pork but they don't offer that as a combo). The chicken was very good, as was the mac salad. The Kalua pork wasn't so good; salty and dry. I would definitely go back, though. Thanks!