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Jan 3, 2012 12:23 PM

Honda Ya to open in Fullerton

I thought North OC 'hounds would like to know: I was driving home last week, and noticed that the shuttered Sizzler location at 2980 Yorba Linda Boulevard (between the 57 Freeway and Placentia Avenue) is re-opening as Honda Ya. The sign is up, and work on the exterior of the buiding looks like it's close to being finished. Honda Ya's website says that the location will be open in Spring 2012.

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  1. Honda Yay! There's scheduled to open mid-May! =D

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    1. re: OCAnn

      Fantastic. It will save me a good 10 to 15 minutes driving to Industry. All we need is a good Korean place somewhere in the North OC and I'd be set.

      1. re: js76wisco

        Have you tried Lighthouse Korean BBQ? It is my favorite. With the Korean community in N Fullerton around Coyote Hills, I find it hard to believe you can't track down a good option.

        Lighthouse Korean BBQ
        1307 S Beach Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631

      2. Great news, thanks for the tip.

        1. Thanks for the heads up on this. Now I know where to go after band practice!

          1. Grand opening is scheduled for Sat 05/19/12! =)

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            1. re: OCAnn

              Excellent news. We've been anticipating this opening.

              1. re: js76wisco

                The Tustin branch is open from 5:30pm to 1am 7 days a week - no lunch.

                We arrived on a Saturday about 10 minutes before opening and found that there were already people waiting on line. By the time they opened the doors at 5:30 there were 10 tables waiting to be seated. A good sign. The interior of this Honda-ya is much nicer compared to the Industry and downtown branch, using the same motif. Lots of dark woods, bamboo, clean Japanese aesthetic.

                After the meal my wife and I both thought that for whatever reason the food was much better here. The tempura was fried delicately and almost grease-less. The garlic greens and bacon were more bright, fresh and vibrant. The robata was great. The sushi was better than at both of the other branches. We were very impressed considering they had only been open for a week. The only negative is that the robata was taking a long time to come to the table. We'd experienced that a few times before and know the lines for robata gets long. There was at least a 20 minute wait between the first skewers to the last.

                All in all we were very happy and this is now our go to Honda-ya.

                1. re: js76wisco

                  We were also there on Saturday at 18:45 and waited about 15 minutes, though there was no wait and only saw 65% capacity mid-week in May. As much as I disdain waits, I'm glad for the restaurant. I too enjoyed the food more here--not sure why; maybe it's the new interior and the proximity to my home. =) One drawback though, seems to be the beverage glasses & the tatami room tables; I saw three spills (all at different tables), including one at our own.

                  Food is served promptly, service is friendly and the cost reasonable. We're likely to be regulars here!