Whether you’re a longtime fan, borderline addict, or a total poke (POH-kay) rookie, if you’re in Hawaii, you’ve got to eat some poke. The Hawaiian dish features fresh, usually raw, diced fish mixed with other ingredients. There are tons of different flavor combinations, so try a few, and discover your favorite.
Poke near South Poipu and Waimea
This local market has been scooping up poke since 1935. They’ve got a large selection of poke & other fresh seafood. Build your own poke bowl and head to the beach! Open Monday through Friday 6am to 7:30pm, Saturday 6am to 9pm, and Sunday 6am to 7pm. facebook.com
Kauai Poke Co.
This food truck is serving up friendly, fast, and fresh poke for your culinary pleasure. Try the Plantation Bowl, with all the fresh raw fish you need scooped up into a bowl with sushi rice, seafood salad, fresh shave ginger and topped with fried onions. Open Tuesday through Friday 11am to 2pm and Saturday 11am to 3pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. kauaipokeco.com
Poke in Central Kauai
Here you can build your own poke bowl. The food is to go, but it’s always fresh and they’ve got lots of options. Check out the tasty daily specials, or if you’re feeling adventurous try some of their tako (octopus) poke. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 2:30pm. facebook.com
Sleeping Giant Grill
Their Ahi Wrap was voted “Best Thing I Ever Ate” from The Food Network . This laid-back environment features fresh ingredients, with reasonable prices, and great portion sizes. Located behind the Coconut Market Place next to Islander on the Beach Resort. Open Monday through Friday 1pm to 8pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. instagram.com/sleeping_giant_grill
Poke on Kauai's North Shore
This little food truck made it on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins & Dives. It’s a great location with a fun environment and there are many options to choose from. Bring friends, so you can sample a few different flavors. Open Saturday to Monday 11:45am to 5pm. Closed Tuesday through Friday. instgram.com/hanaleipoke
Family-owned and -operated for over 20 years, this place is serving seriously “ono-licious” (really tasty) food. The vibe is hip, the fish is as fresh as it gets, and the menu has got something for everyone, including all you plant-loving folk. Open daily from 5pm to 8pm. thedolphinpoipu.com
Kilauea Fish Market
The food is served to-go but it’s healthy and fresh. There’s a pleasant outdoor seating area if you’re in the mood to eat straight away. Kilauea’s specialty is fish, but there are gluten-free and vegetarian options as well. We recommend the seared ahi poke salad that sits on top of local organic greens — it’s a nice change up from the regular old rice bowls. Open Monday to Saturday 11am to 8pm. Closed Sunday. facebook.com/kilaueafish