Everybody has their favorite hole-in-the-wall spot. A quaint dive bar, a hamburger stand with questionable health inspector records, an old Mason hall serving strong coffee, or in our case, a literal hole in the wall serving excellent Hawaiian lunch favorites. Say aloha to LoHi's best new poke stop: Ohana Island Kitchen.
Ohana opened recently on a quiet corner just west of The Platte River, and the buzz (and lunch crowd) has been flowing steadily ever since. The tiny window-front operation has a small staff (two employees), but offers fresh, big, flavors - think teriyaki-esque pulled pork, fresh tuna, sweet rice, and a good amount of spam (don't be afraid). The food alone sells the place, but the pickup window/picnic style seating situation and very friendly staff really ups Ohana's game, and works well for both hurried and leisurely lunches. Also, according to science, eating good tuna outside at a picnic table is the best cure for mid-day work stress.
The higher prices might give you pause considering you're ordering from the side window of a shared kitchen, but rest assured, the quality is right in line with the premium you pay. Grab a buddy or two, get there right as they open at 11 am, and order the entire menu to share. You should also do it now - Ohana doesn't have an indoor space, so come October, the window will be closed. Maybe if we send enough of you over there between now and then they'll be successful enough to move into their own full-scale brick and mortar space. Here's to at least one good thing from Hawaii hopefully sticking around after November.
We've been wondering when the poke bowl craze was going to hit Denver, and we couldn't be more pleased with this showing from Ohana. It's super simple: fresh tuna and good rice. Get to it before they sell out (usually by around 2pm).
Standard pulled pork slider that's a little on the sweet side. The pork here is tender and pretty amazing, but ask them to go light on the sauce.
The rice to pork portions are a little off in our opinion, but it won't matter if you get the dish to share. Definitely add the spam option on this one.
As authentic as Hawaiian potato salad can get. Which means there's a lot of mayo. Another item you want on the table help cleanse your palate between pork and tuna, but also another one you'll want to share.
Cool, crisp, light, and perfect on a hot day. Pretty sure that goes for most Kale salads, but this one goes above and beyond what you're used to.
Dessert during lunch is usually a risky move, given the odds say you'll probably want to hibernate all afternoon after eating, but this one is worth it. Super light, moist cake, and a nice fruity layer of glaze. A must order.
It's not Hawaiian if there isn't some sort of Spam, right? This representation is a great sandwich substitution to add into your weekly lunch mix. Another must- order, at least once.