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Big Daddy's Poke Shack
Big Daddy's Poke Shack
Zach Brooks

Eight Great New-School Poké Places in Los Angeles

Hawaiian poké is so hot right now.

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Big Daddy's Poke Shack
| Zach Brooks

There is no denying that a poké craze is sweeping through L.A. right now, the likes of which hasn't been seen since food trucks were a thing. Was there a convention of some sort 6 months ago where new Los Angeles restaurant owners were all told that poké would be the next big thing?

Or was it inevitable that the Chipotle-fication of fast food would eventually collide with the popular Hawaiian version of tuna ceviche? Whatever conclusion you come to, there's now a poké option in practically every neighborhood in L.A. Meaning you shouldn't have to go far next time the craving hits for that ono ahi bowl. Here's a map of all eight new Los Angeles poké places, from Venice to Pasadena, listed alphabetically.

[Photos by Zach Brooks, except for Mainland Poke, which is by Wonho Frank Lee]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sweetfin Poké

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829 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Lines have been long since day one for this Santa Monica poké shop, which skews a bit more gourmet than the rest and has prices to match. Choose between pre-made options like kale snapper or mango albacore, or build your own with toppings like wasabi coconut, chile marinated oranges, and pickled shiitake mushrooms on top of rice, citrus kale salad, or a kelp noodle/cucumber slaw you're not likely to find at any of the other shops.

2. Spinfish Poké House

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36 W Colorado Blvd Ste 7
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 585-0988
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At this Old Town Pasadena poké shop you can choose between 9 different signature bowls, ranging from the classic Aloha 808 with limu seaweed, to the coco loco with coconut, chili lime sauce, and citrus zest. Or you can take charge and build your own combo from jarred toppings like crispy onions and furikake.

3. Wiki Poki

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3438 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 739-4363
Step aside hwe-dup-bap, there's a new raw fish bowl in Koreatown! With the exception of pineapple, there are few surprises at Wiki Poki, where all of your proteins and toppings (like furikake, flying fish roe, and green onion) get mixed together into one perfectly blended creation. Warning to those who like the crazy sauces: here your only option is dictating how spicy you want it, but the scoops of crab salad, seaweed salad, and two kinds of edamame are a nice addition.

4. Big Daddy's Poke Shack

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79 Windward Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 396-9780
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A lot of people might be surprised to know that Poke Poke, on the Venice Beach boardwalk, isn't the only poké game in Venice anymore. Big Daddy Shack opened up a handful of months ago on Windward & Pacific, serving up hefty bowls of poké with salad-like add ons like watermelon radish, baby bok choy, red cabbage, and fennel. They also serve salads and smoothies, naturally.

5. Poke Bar

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8539 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 657-4294
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Quinoa and kale also make an appearance at this West Hollywood shop, but unlike some of the others this poke is pre-mixed so there's no getting rid of it. Each order comes with one side (edamame, seaweed salad, spicy edamame or cucumber salad) and for extra $$ you can get add ons like chia, mango and blueberry (when in season), and crispy garlic.

6. Mainland Poke Shop

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8318 1/2 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 452-9904
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This is one of the only new poke places to use the traditional plastic pint containers as bowls, so it's also one of the least filling for the price. And they put the sauce on top of your bowl rather than mixing it in with the fish. But the quality of the ingredients is undeniable, and they're the only one of the new shops to offer octopus as an option (fun!) [Photo by Wonho Frank Lee]

7. PokeMix by Flour + Tea

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99 S Lake Ave Ste 102
Pasadena, CA 91101
If your dream is to gulp down a milk tea with tapioca pearls alongside your bowl of poké, then PokeMix by Pasadena boba shop Flour + Tea will be your spot. It skews slightly more classic Hawaiian, with pre-mixed poke options and a very limited number of toppings, like seaweed salad, nori and scallions. But with three different size options, ranging from $8 to 12, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better work lunch in this area of Pasadena.

8. Poke N Roll

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413 S Central Ave
Glendale, CA 91210
2 fishes, a scoop of crab salad and 3 toppings is under $10 at Poke N Roll, making it one of the cheapest of the new crop of poke places. But what they lack in fish quality they make up for with unique cooked options like kara-age and tempura plus a wide array of one-of-a-kind sauces like soy mustard and honey miso. One thing is for sure, you won't leave hungry.

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1. Sweetfin Poké

829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Lines have been long since day one for this Santa Monica poké shop, which skews a bit more gourmet than the rest and has prices to match. Choose between pre-made options like kale snapper or mango albacore, or build your own with toppings like wasabi coconut, chile marinated oranges, and pickled shiitake mushrooms on top of rice, citrus kale salad, or a kelp noodle/cucumber slaw you're not likely to find at any of the other shops.
829 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2. Spinfish Poké House

36 W Colorado Blvd Ste 7, Pasadena, CA 91105
At this Old Town Pasadena poké shop you can choose between 9 different signature bowls, ranging from the classic Aloha 808 with limu seaweed, to the coco loco with coconut, chili lime sauce, and citrus zest. Or you can take charge and build your own combo from jarred toppings like crispy onions and furikake.
36 W Colorado Blvd Ste 7
Pasadena, CA 91105

3. Wiki Poki

3438 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Step aside hwe-dup-bap, there's a new raw fish bowl in Koreatown! With the exception of pineapple, there are few surprises at Wiki Poki, where all of your proteins and toppings (like furikake, flying fish roe, and green onion) get mixed together into one perfectly blended creation. Warning to those who like the crazy sauces: here your only option is dictating how spicy you want it, but the scoops of crab salad, seaweed salad, and two kinds of edamame are a nice addition.
3438 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

4. Big Daddy's Poke Shack

79 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291
A lot of people might be surprised to know that Poke Poke, on the Venice Beach boardwalk, isn't the only poké game in Venice anymore. Big Daddy Shack opened up a handful of months ago on Windward & Pacific, serving up hefty bowls of poké with salad-like add ons like watermelon radish, baby bok choy, red cabbage, and fennel. They also serve salads and smoothies, naturally.
79 Windward Ave
Venice, CA 90291

5. Poke Bar

8539 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Quinoa and kale also make an appearance at this West Hollywood shop, but unlike some of the others this poke is pre-mixed so there's no getting rid of it. Each order comes with one side (edamame, seaweed salad, spicy edamame or cucumber salad) and for extra $$ you can get add ons like chia, mango and blueberry (when in season), and crispy garlic.
8539 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

6. Mainland Poke Shop

8318 1/2 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
This is one of the only new poke places to use the traditional plastic pint containers as bowls, so it's also one of the least filling for the price. And they put the sauce on top of your bowl rather than mixing it in with the fish. But the quality of the ingredients is undeniable, and they're the only one of the new shops to offer octopus as an option (fun!) [Photo by Wonho Frank Lee]
8318 1/2 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

7. PokeMix by Flour + Tea

99 S Lake Ave Ste 102, Pasadena, CA 91101
If your dream is to gulp down a milk tea with tapioca pearls alongside your bowl of poké, then PokeMix by Pasadena boba shop Flour + Tea will be your spot. It skews slightly more classic Hawaiian, with pre-mixed poke options and a very limited number of toppings, like seaweed salad, nori and scallions. But with three different size options, ranging from $8 to 12, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better work lunch in this area of Pasadena.
99 S Lake Ave Ste 102
Pasadena, CA 91101

8. Poke N Roll

413 S Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91210
2 fishes, a scoop of crab salad and 3 toppings is under $10 at Poke N Roll, making it one of the cheapest of the new crop of poke places. But what they lack in fish quality they make up for with unique cooked options like kara-age and tempura plus a wide array of one-of-a-kind sauces like soy mustard and honey miso. One thing is for sure, you won't leave hungry.
413 S Central Ave
Glendale, CA 91210

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