Those of you who follow me on Instagram probably already know that I’m fully embracing the Poké (pronounced poh-keh) trend. And what’s not to love? This Hawaiian raw-fish salad is quick, healthy, and super tasty. I’m so excited to see that new Poké spots are popping up in Houston and existing restaurants are adding their version of this dish to the menu. Many places allow you to create your own Poké bowl, so you can combine your favorite base (like rice or salad), raw fish, sauce, and toppings (like avocado, sesame seeds, spring onion). In this blogpost you can read about my favorite spots in Houston. Let me know what places you like to go to so I can make sure to put them on my list.
(Custom Poké Bowl @Pokii Eatery)
I’m excited that this new Poké spot in Memorial is now officially open. The people of Pokii Eatery have been working on their concept for two years to choose the right location, find the best ingredients, create the perfect flavor combinations, and come up with a great name. Pokii = Poké + Hawaii, pretty clever right? Their hard work pays off and with the Poké craze going on, they could not have picked a better moment to open! At Pokii Eatery you can customize your Poké bowl, choose a bowl from the menu or order the Instagrammable sushiritto. Read about this hipster hotspot.
At this bright and sleek poké spot in East Downtown you can snap a pretty shot for the Gram before diving into your generous bowl of fresh poké. Choose from one of their signature bowls or mix and match your favorite base, protein, toppings, sauce and extras. Read about this hipster hotspot.
Izakaya – Midtown
Izakaya was already one of my favorite restaurants in Houston with their Japanese bites and delicious cocktails, but when I found out they launched a separate Poké menu on one of my visits, I was ecstatic. They offer seven different bowls like the Spicy Tuna, Crab, and Hawaiian Poke Bowl in small ($7) and regular ($13). The fish is super fresh and I love the generous toppings. Certainly worth a try!
Liberty Kitchen – various locations
Throughout Houston you can find several Liberty restaurants like Little Liberty in Rice Village and Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar in the Heights. Though the menu differs per location, they all focus on seafood and often include signature dishes such as gumbo, oysters, and deviled eggs. And now, Poké also belongs to this list! You can customize your bowl by choosing a base + fresh fish + sauce to your liking and combine it with your favorite toppings. I personally loved the sauce mixed in my bowl, but if you like to get it separate, just ask your waiter!
(Custom Poké Bowl @Ono Poke)
Ono Poke – Montrose
As the name already suggests, this new spot located on Richmond is all about Poké. They offer six preset bowls, but you can also create your own by ordering a BASE (White rice, Brown rice, Chips, or no rice), CATCH (3 or 4 scoops of fresh fish), SAUCE (6 different options), and TOPPINGS (Green Onions, Cilantro, Avocado, and more). The tasty food combined with Ono Poke’s modern decor, lovely patio, and complementary lemon water make it one of my go-to Poké spots.
North Shore Poke – Westchase
Originally from California, this family-run spot is located outside the loop is completely dedicated to Hawaiian Poké. Besides the custom Poké bowl, North Shore Poke offers some interesting variations like the Poké nachos and tacos, or the sashimi sandwich. Their shop has a clean, modern decor with plenty of seating. Certainly worth checking out if you’re in the area!
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