Jumping aboard the fast casual poke trend is Ola Poke, one of Austin’s Hawaiian-focused spots, up in Crestview on North Lamar. The marinated fish are available in customizable bowls customizable bowls with your choice of fish (the standard tuna, salmon, shrimp, or yellow), with sides (salads, avocado), and mix-ins like pineapples, ginger, kale, and your sauce pick of spicy mayo, chili paste, ponzo, and more. Or you can opt for pure poke on its own.
Also on the Pacific Rim menu are loco moco (burger patty with rice, fried egg, and gravy), the spam-filled musubi, and Hawaiian-styled hibachi-grilled meats. Other dishes trek into Korean territories, like fried chicken, bulgogi, and pancakes.
Austin’s poke trend continues with the opening of Poke Poke, the popular fish stand from California, which is making its very first brick and mortar expansion home on South Congress, set to debut sometime this summer.
Poke in Austin can be found over at Mongers Market and Kitchen, Cafe No Se, and Garage. For more Hawaiian cuisine, there is food truck The Big Kahuna.
Ola Poke officially opened on June 14. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon until 9 p.m. on Sunday.