The Spots To Try Poke In DC

Poke is officially one of the today’s hottest food trends. The Hawaiian dish is a delicious raw fish salad (often made with tuna) mixed with traditional Asian seasonings like soy sauce. Basically, think ceviche meets a sushi roll. Read on below for the best places in town to try out this trend.

Hula Girl

Located in nearby Arlington, this Hawaiian restaurant was serving poke before it became a foodie staple. You can try any of the three pokes (ahi, spicy tuna, or grilled octopus) as a starter. If you can’t decide, go for the poke sampler, which will let you try out three different raw seafoods in one Insta-worthy combination.

4044 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 998-4853

The Little Beet

This Dupont Circle fast-casual spot, located only a short five-minute walk from the St. Gregory, specializes in healthy, organic, all-natural food. Translation? You can enjoy a super-healthy, totally guilt-free poke lunch here. Bowls here come with two types of protein (salmon or shiitake mushroom) and come with slaw, watermelon radish, pickled ginger, and brown sushi rice.

1212 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 796-5100

Maki Shop

Head to this ultra-modern sushi purveyor on 14th Street to enjoy an innovative take on poke, which comes with shallots, white rice, and pickled red pepper. You can take a seat at the glass-and-blonde-wood high-topped bar and engage in some old-fashioned people-watching while you enjoy your salad.

1522 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 545-6333

District Fishwife

Union Market fish stall District Fishwife makes a mean poke bowl that highlights the freshness of the seafood in the dish. You can pick between yellowfin and albacore tuna to build your bowl, but the options don’t stop there; half the fish will be doused with soy, ginger, and sesame and the rest in spicy aioli, giving you a chance to try two different preparations.

Union Market, 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 543-2592

Compass Rose

DC’s Compass Rose, one of the all-time coolest spots in the city, specializes in global street food. Their take on poke pays tribute to the dish’s classic Hawaiian roots, bringing together fresh tuna, spicy seafood, and a soy emulsion.

1346 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-4765