A wave of Poke establishments is surging into North County San Diego. Poke is a Hawaiian specialty that is a mixture of raw seafood like ahi tuna or salmon, combined with seaweed garnishes, cucumbers, avocado and rice of greens. Poke is a healthy flavorful version of sushi. In Hawaii, Poke is everywhere, you can pick up Poke at the local grocery stores, even gas stations. And soon it will be everywhere in San Diego, California. In fact, Costco in Carlsbad has been getting rave reviews as their Poke is sourced from a partner seafood distributor in Hawaii. The word Poke comes from the Hawaiian verb “to cut into pieces”. Poke bowls are a healthy delicious and highly customizable fast-food trend. Poke bowls fill a niche for healthy, quick, and flavorful protein packed meals.
The best North County Poke bowl spots are adding their own twists to this popular new food specialty trend, below is a list of North County hotspots:
Yoshino Japanese Deli, Carlsbad – Poke Bowls North County San Diego
Locals line up at this great hole in the wall Sushi restaurant for some of their fabulous Poke bowls & sushi. Carlsbad’s poke bowl lovers have fallen in love with Yoshino Japanese Deli, located in the heart of downtown Carlsbad Village.
2913 State Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Pokewan – Poke Bowls North County San Diego
Pokewan is the cute little brother to Blue Ocean in Carlsbad. If you enjoy Blue Ocean and Love Boat Sushi, you will be sure to be a fan of Pokewan. The husband and wife team of Chef Pyo created all three venues. Pokewan has focuses on Poke Bowls. Pokewan offer their signature Poke bowls like the Maui wowie mango and the power protein. Pokewan takes care of your food wishes with fresh and tasty offerings.
2958 Madison Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Grubby’s Poke & Fish Market, Carlsbad – Poke Bowls North County San Diego
Señor Grubby’s owners will be featuring Poke bowls, fresh fish entrees and locally caught sushi at their new venue “Grubby’s Poke & Fish Market. Opening in late May 2018.
The Shoppes at Carlsbad
2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad.
LemonShark Poke – Poke Bowls North County San Diego
LemonShark Poke is a fast casual, premium Poke franchise for sushi lovers that serves locally sourced and crafted Poke. It is one of the fastest growing Poke franchises in the US. LemonShark’s vision is to serve only the finest quality fresh ingredients and creating a refined dining experience. LemonShark Poke is named after the Lemon Shark, a marine species has discriminating tastes, in that it hunts only on the finest quality of fish. One of their newest franchises will be located at the border of Carlsbad & Vista. Opening May 2018, go, grab & enjoy their delicious Poke bowls.
3245 Business Park Drive, Suite 1
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