Poke, a Hawaiian word meaning ‘to cut’ is the newest foodie trend to hit the LA culinary scene. While this dish has been on the map for years now, it’s only started to take off. It’s a traditional staple of Hawaiian cuisine, with many delicious variations, but the authentic dish usually consists of raw sushi-grade ahi tuna cut into cubes and marinated with onions, soy sauce, and a little spice. Here are the best spots to try this healthy, sushi-esque delicacy.
This has to be one of the most popular poke joints on the Westside. Located right next to a slew of prevalent restaurants and trendy apartments, this poke stop has garnered a lot of attention for their customizable bowls and all gluten- and dairy-free options. Try the signature Mango Albacore, which spices up a regular old poke with some bright fruit flavors, crunchy macadamia nuts, and tangy ginger. Also, their bamboo rice as a base is out of this world, as is the kale citrus salad.
Sweetfin Poké, 829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, USA, +1 310 395 1097
Based in Westwood Village to cater to students and office workers nearby, Poke Me (pronounced po-kay), have gained acclaim with their customers for their super fresh fare and generous portions. The price is right too, and they keep people coming back with their frequent customer card, so you can eat fresh fish for lunch every day if you so please.
Poke Me, 1244 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 815 1566
Venice and poke go together so well that there are a lot of thriving shops all along the beach to discover. This is a tiny shop that is pretty well established and serves great fresh fish in a lot of different varieties. The wait can sometimes be long but it’s deserved since they cut and mix all the fish as it is ordered as opposed to pre-making it and letting it sit out. They also have some great island vibes going on out on their patio, which helps us imagine we’re really eating in Hawaii.
Big Daddy’s Poke Shack, 79 Windward Ave, Venice, CA, USA, +1 310 400 6853