We’ve got to talk about something that’s going on. It’s not just Houston. The poké-explosion is upon us. Seriously, poké bowls are trendy AF right now; maybe even trendier than off-the-shoulder dresses. There are a few ways one can respond to such a popular trend.
- The hipster route: “I loved poké when I visited Hawaii (Lenai, of course..,never Maui or the big island) 6 years ago, but now it’s everywhere and no one in Houston even makes it authentically.
- The change hating/unadventurous approach: I don’t get it; raw fish is only for sushi.
- The I love food approach: Another one?! I’ll meet you there for lunch!
Admittedly, I was a bit late to the poké bowl party, but I’m here with my party hat on and happily eating at least one poké bowl a week. Ono Poké has been my go-to. You’ll normally find a line out the door at prime lunch hour for good reason. Fully customizable bowls with both standard and strange toppings (ahem, Cheeto dust…trends on trends on trends). It’s allegedly Houston’s first poké restaurant and it’s solid as a rock.
If you’ve found a unicorn (a free parking spot in Rice Village) and you find yourself hungry, Pokéology inside Doc Holliday’s is another great choice because I swear they’ve got the friendliest people ever working there. I also hear they’ve got a second Heights location in the works. And how do you make a trendy place even trendier? Featuring a sushi donut, of course. For now, though, you’ll have to settle for a regular old poké bowl in the Village. And if you’re feeling like things have gotten a little too trendy, you can walk 20 steps over to Ginger Man for a classic Houston good time.
And the newest kid on the block in EaDo is Seaside Poké. Typically I build my own and do my own thing, but I went for a signature bowl at Seaside during a preview last week, and although I like to think I know best, Seaside Poké did me a solid with their Truffle Yellowtail bowl. It was so, so yummy and could quite possibly be a new favorite. They’re now open, so you should definitely check them out.
Where’s your favorite place to get your poké on?