The Top 5 Places to Eat Poke in Hawaii

What better way to eat your favorite seafood than deliciously raw in a traditional poke bowl?

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1: Umeke’s, Island of Hawaii

If getting the best poke bang for your buck is in order, head to Umekes in Kona for ahi, tako or shrimp poke, all scooped to order with, yes, an ice cream scoop. It’s great for folks who are dining with non-poke loving friends since they offer beef and pork bowls that come with a choice of starch and one of seven just as delicious side dishes. Grab a lemonade and find a seat, if you can, on their patio.

Umekes Poke Bombs

2: The Fish Market, Maui

More fish and less of the other stuff, that should be the motto at this poke spot. Don’t let the strip mall location fool you: they are serving the best of fresh seafood every day. On the right side, the fish market serves up all the poke you could possibly want, with chunks of fresh tuna in lighter sauces so you really get the full flavor of the fish. Not in the mood for the raw stuff? The left side of the market features tacos, sandwiches and deep-friend favorites. Your best bet is to try both.

3: Koloa Fish Market, Kauai

Kauai

While the best poke bowl can depend on who you ask, you can't go wrong at Koloa Fish Market on the South Shore. There are over half a dozen types of poke to choose from so the only choice will be how you like your ahi. It's served by the pound over rice but be sure to get here before the lunch rush when they often sell out.

4: Ono Seafood, Oahu

Don’t let the lack of parking deter you from visiting this poke spot where your best bet is to plan on taking a portion to go. The menu is super clear: eight poke options with varying sauces. Regulars love the spicy ahi, which is coated in a creamy mayo-based sauce. If you can handle the heat, try the shoyu ahi poke bowl for a nice kick.

Come early so you don’t miss the good stuff at this fish market that is known to sell out early. They open at 10:30 a.m. and close once the poke pickings are gone. They sell simple, delicious poke bowls without a lot of fluff. The prices might be higher than other spots (often $17 per pound) but it’s worth it for the texture of the fish alone.

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