This two-in-one Pacific Beach spot consists of a grab-and-go poke joint (Good Time Poke) and a tiki-themed speakeasy (The Grass Skirt). Good Time Poke is the daytime spot of the two, serving traditional and not-so-traditional riffs on the classic Hawaiian raw fish salad. Enjoy a signature bowl and pork belly steamed buns, or create your own poke… and still get the pork belly steamed buns. A pair of double doors at the back of Good Time Poke leads to The Grass Skirt, where quintessential Tiki drinks are made with high-quality rum, and an Asian-and-Hawaiian-inflected food menu features small plates like kimchee fried rice, shrimp yakisoba, and drunken noodles. There's poke here too, but it's a bit more meta than what's served at the fronting cafe. Exhibit A: the Tuna Ribbon Poke Fishbowl served atop a fishbowl, complete with live goldfish. Raw fish, live fish, we'll take it.
S ince opening in 2016, The Grass Skirt, a faux-Polynesian temple to all things tropical, has become an instant Tiki destination in San Diego's Pacific Beach neighborhood. The menu offers a long list of proprietary Tiki drinks in custom mugs along with gussied-up versions of old favorites: They'll whip you up a piña colada -- with much better rum than you're used to -- in no time flat. The joint is decked out with live fire, a volcano entrance, and towering Tiki statues, but its greatest advance has been to push Tiki kitsch past the mere pu-pu platter. Enter: the Tuna Ribbon Poke Fishbowl.
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1. The Grass Skirt & Good Time Poke 910 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)