Poke Poke, the Venice Beach Boardwalk walk-up counter, is bringing the Hawaiian dish to Austin starting next month. The South Austin location across from St. Edward’s University would be its first one outside of California.
In anticipation of the May opening, Poke Poke previewed the original and spicy tuna fish dishes from a golf cart during the PGA World Golf Tournament last month. It will be found over at 3100 South Congress, which was previously the home of Amy’s Ice Cream before it shuttered last fall because of the rising rent.
Poke is made up of marinated sliced raw fish mixed with different ingredients, like onions, chopped nuts, or spicy mayo sauce, usually served over rice. Poke Poke’s menu is centered on ahi tuna, boasting of two spicy versions, including one with wasabi. There is also a completely vegetable-based one, acai bowls, and customizable poke. The Austin location applied for a liquor license, and it looks like beer will be served.
Co-founders Trish and Jason McVearry opened Poke Poke on the boardwalk of Venice Beach in 2010. Other Austin restaurants serving poke in Austin include Mongers Market and Cafe No Se.