The owners of this bright, casual South Congress spot sparked a revolution across the country, being the first on mainland US to offer made-to-order poke bowls. These trendy Hawaiian dishes contain raw, cubed sashimi-grade fish typically dressed in soy, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and onions. Here, the focus of the poke bowls is ahi tuna, like with the spicy poke bowl, in which it's topped with shoyu, sesame oil, white and green onions, sesame seeds, and Sriracha. You have the option to DIY or order a vegetable or acai-based bowl, too.
For traditional-style poke that’s fish-focused and uber-fresh, hit up Poke Poke. Husband-and-wife team Jason McVearry and Trisha Fortuna started the business as a walk-up window on the Venice Boardwalk way back in 2010, and since relocating to the South, now boasts four Austin locations. To pack on the protein, try salmon with an edamame base topped with nuts. Things are a tad on the small side here, so you’ll definitely want to opt for the biggest size available.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.
If you’re dreaming of a tropical getaway, then Poke Poke is the next best thing. Austin’s first poke spot is inspired by the bowls of Oahu, made with traditional toppings and fresh fish. The most popular is the OG, made with sashimi grade ahi, shoyu, sesame oil, white and green onion, and sesame seeds, but their Shiso Salmon Poke is equally impressive (note: you can also customize your poke bowls with rice, kale, and seaweed). You’ll probably want more seaweed, so order it as a side as well as a base.