Every once in a while, something related to this blog just flat out surprises me. Such was the case about a week ago, when I checked my e-mail and found a message from one of the two women who run 'Ohana Hawai'ian BBQ. The e-mail was basically an invitation to come and try their restaurant, but that's only part of the story....
You see, just a few short months ago, 'Ohana was an eatery called Kana Girl's Hawai'ian BBQ. According to several restaurant review sites, I was in the minority of people who didn't like Kana Girl's. In fact, back in the day when my reviews were concise and informative and posted on Urbanspoon (a site I'm still on a lot, and which you should all check out), I had this to say about them:
I hope it's not authentic
September 03, 2010 - Doesn't like it
There was only one occupied table when I went, but I still had to wait several minutes to place my take-out order because the proprietor/cook was chatting with the people at the table. When he did return to the kitchen, he sang along loudly with the songs on the sound system. I understand the "just dropped by a friend's place for some homestyle island fare" vibe they're going for, but it's not my cup of tea when I'm eating at a strip mall. The rice was fine and the macaroni salad was rich but good, but the char siu pork left something to be desired. I've considered returning to try something more traditionally Hawaiian, but there are several other places around Boise I've yet to try, and it will depend on how they stack up.
|Not an old picture, just an old sign...|