Ohana Hawaiian BBQ-Studio City
Well Ventura Blvd. isn't anyplace I'd go for Chinese or Japanese food, but I did run across a surprisingly decent Hawaiian fast food place in Studio City. Ohana BBQ at 11269 Ventura Blvd. next to Bally's bills itself as a Hawaiian and Korean eatery, though the emphasis is primarily on the Hawaiian side. Everything we had, from main dishes to sides, was quite good, and much better than Ono's (if that's saying anything). The BBQ chicken was tasty and moist, the bi bim bap was quite good, the combination potato/macaroni salad was interesting and good, and the green salad had the right amount of tanginess. Obviously not to compare to what you can get in the South Bay or Koreatown, but certainly worth visiting on a recurring basis.
Coincidentally, we just tried Ohana in Burbank, and were pleasantly surprised. My short ribs were a little fatty compared to when I do them at home, but I really enjoyed the flavor of their shortribs and macaroni salad. Great value for the price, all high-quality ingredients and fresh.
Way too much food for one person -- they brought out at least enough for 4 people and we thought we had only ordered 2 meals (which makes it an even better buy than it originally appears).
re: Hugh Lipton
Yes I agree, Ohana is so far above a place like Ono it's not even funny. Top quality ingredients and careful preparation + nice people. I wish there was another closer to me but will brave Bally's parking gladly (there are a couple spaces in front of Ohana reserved for their customers btw.)