The beloved Hawaiian dish poke (pronounced poh-kay) is still having a moment on the United States mainland, and it quickly staked a claim in the Austin food scene from fast-casual expansion Poke Poke, the plethora of shops along the Drag, to higher-end options like Mongers Market and Kitchen.
Traditionally, poke features raw ahi tuna, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and onions as the usual suspects. But this fishy invasion means this classic dish is being served in new ways — a far departure from what’s sold in nearly every grocery store in Hawaii, say, like poke burritos covered in Cheetos from Poke House. Prepare to discover jalapeños, kale, grapefruit, tofu, white truffle sauce, and much more in these Austin versions.
New to poke and unsure where to start? Try pure poke at the Hawaiian-inspired restaurant Ola Poke. The payoff can be big however for those willing to take a risk and build their own bowls. This update adds Malibu Poke, District Kitchen, Poke Austin, and more.
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With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.Read More