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Mainland Poke Invades West Third With Hawaii's Most Popular Snack

The poke movement is strong in Los Angeles.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Poke is a meal on a mission. The marinated raw fish dish has been popular for years in certain circles, particularly in Hawaii, but has made it to the mainland in a big way lately. Just to name a couple of poke concepts that are new to town: Sweetfin Poke in Santa Monica, and Poke N’ Roll in Glendale.

Next up is Mainland Poke Shop, which is swimming into the former Woodley & Bunny beauty shop on West Third, just down the way from Simplethings. The work of Ari Kahan and executive chef Kayson Chong (BOA, among others) Mainland is meant to take poke to the masses, offering approachable sauces and finishes to the raw fish bowls. Guests can even fully customize their options based on what’s available that day.

Build-out is still in the works, but Mainland Poke plans to open their doors by the end of March or early April. There’s never been a bigger moment in Los Angeles for single-concept restaurants and for poke in particular, which means Mainland may just ride the fast casual fish tide to success along notoriously finicky West Third.

Mainland Poke
8318 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA