The D.C. food scene just got a whole lot tastier. Poke, a seasoned raw-fish salad bowl, is the new go-to, low-carb healthy dish of the summer. Be sure to check out these local places to satisfy your next tropical craving.
After introducing it’s poke food truck to the streets of D.C., Abunai Poke opened up their first beautiful storefront this past April, offering diners with an array of fresh, customizable food bowls. If you’re not ready to create your own just yet, choose from one of their signature dishes instead. Our favorite? The Garlic Ahi bowl, complete with spicy salmon bowl, complete with seaweed salad, nori, white roasted sesame seeds, and rice, provides the perfect kick to power you through the rest of your day. 1920 L St. NW. Suite 120, 202.838.9718
Chef and owner Mikala Brennan brings her Hawaiian roots stateside at this friendly bar and grill. The menu, crafted around unique cocktail program, features traditional Hawaiian dishes. In addition to Kalua pork sandwiches, teriyaki burgers, and a grilled spam bahn mi’s, Brennan also offers fresh poke bowl. Start with a base of sushi rice, watercress salad, kimchi, cucumbers, pickled daikon carrots and green onions before deciding on a protein of ahi tuna, spicy tuna, lomi salmon, or grilled tako. 4044 Campbell Ave. Arlington, VA, 703.998.4853
Check out the limited-time-only K-Pop Bop poke bowl! A refreshing combination, the bowl is made with fresh ahi tuna and salmon, onion, scallion, gochujang, and sesame oil. It is then topped with edamame, cucumber, perfectly pickled ginger, and crab and seaweed salad. Not enough? Opt to also add in brown rice and mixed greens. 806 H St. NW, 202.393.7653
A perfect addition to its menu of locally sourced seasonal ingredients, the Yuzu Poké bowl is Little Beet’s take on the Hawaiian favorite. Featuring salmon, grilled avocado, bok choy, carrot, pickled ginger, and crispy onions, you’re guaranteed to go back for more. 1212 18th St. NW & Connecticut, 202.796.5100
Chances are that if you’re a sushi lover, you’ve already stopped by Maki Shop for a delicious hand-rolled sushi roll. What you might not know is that they also offer a poké bowl as well. The Oahu Poke Tuna bowl is made with tuna loin, fried garlic, cucumbers, carrots, seasoned sakame, beni shoga, kaiware sprouts and is topped with sesame seeds & scallions. 1522 14th St NW, 202.545.6333