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Honda Ya to open in Fullerton

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OCSteve Jan 3, 2012 12:23 PM

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.

  1. OCAnn May 17, 2012 02:11 PM

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

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      js76wisco May 17, 2012 04:48 PM

      Excellent news. We've been anticipating this opening.

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        js76wisco Jun 1, 2012 10:21 AM

        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.

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          OCAnn Jun 4, 2012 04:46 PM

          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!

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      frenetic Mar 24, 2012 12:46 PM

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

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        Robert Thornton Mar 20, 2012 09:30 AM

        Great news, thanks for the tip.

        1. OCAnn Mar 19, 2012 04:07 PM

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

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            js76wisco Mar 19, 2012 04:55 PM

            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.

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              ocshooter Mar 20, 2012 09:55 AM

              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.

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

              1. re: js76wisco
                Das Ubergeek Mar 21, 2012 01:19 PM

                Surah.

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