Poke places are popping up all over San Diego, some with their own take on the popular raw fish dish (lookin’ at you poke burritos). There’s even an annual I Love Poke Festival on Shelter Island. But in Hawaii, poke has been a staple for generations. So, if you’re headed to the islands, why not enjoy a poke bowl straight from the source. Here are a few places to try:
Ahi Assassins Fish Co. boasts fish fresh from the boat to the bowl. Specials are based on the catch of the day.
2570 S. Beretania St., Honolulu
Aloha Poke serves a variety of fresh poke dishes to-go.
85-993 Farrington Highway, Waianae
Da Poke Shack serves up fresh seasoned fish and octopus, and other Hawaiian fare to-go.
76-6246 Ali’i Drive, Kailua-Kona, and 83-5308A Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook
Fresh Ahi Off the Boat features fresh ahi poke, along with bento boxes, sushi rolls and salads.
815 Keeaumoku St., #J101, Honolulu
Fresh Catch prepares its seafood and meat "island style." Pick up a bottle of one of Fresh Catch’s sauces to enjoy on the mainland.
3109 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, and 45-1118 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe
Lana’i Ohana Poke Market serves up lunch from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. or they sell out, whichever comes first.
834 Gay St.
Poke on da Run was described by entertainment and lifestyle website Frolic Hawaii as a "hidden gem."
909 Lehua Ave, Pearl City
Umekes Fish Market Bar and Grill features fresh and tasty poke creations by owner and award-winning chef Nakoa Pabre, AKA "The Prince of Poke."
74-5563 Kaiwi St, Kailua-Kona
Yama’s Fish Market calls itself a "one-stop shop for Hawaiian food." Choose from fresh poke, Lomi salmon salad, Kahua pig, or signature Lau Lau.
2332 Young St., Honolulu