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Downtown Finally Gets in on Poké Madness Thanks to Snociety in Little Tokyo

Fresh fish is here.

Snociety Urban Eatery
Snociety Urban Eatery
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.

The poké craze is hitting Downtown sooner than expected, as Little Tokyo adds a brand new shop called Snociety Urban Eatery. The playfully-named restaurant on 2nd Street works a lot of different angles, from ice green and milk teas to do-it-yourself poké bowls. There are a few signature flavor profiles for anyone overwhelmed by choices, with prices for all overing around the $10 mark.

As for the space, there's nothing special going on: corrugated steel lines on the underside of a tall counter, simple stools make for easy seating, and a few colorful touches like hanging bulbs plus a mural give the place a warmer feel.

It’s surprising that the marinated fish snack, which has absolutely overtaken Los Angeles, took this long to reach Downtown. The recently departed Hero Shop also has plans to convert to a poké concept soon, so it’s only a matter of time before the Hawaiian export washes up across all corners of the city.