Poke Bros Chain Review

Poke Bros Chain Review

Poke Brothers serves “poke”  (po-KAY) a dish that originated in the 70s in Hawaii. Traditionally consisting of diced seafood and rice or vegetables, some people describe it as “sushi in a bowl,” but to me, it’s more like ceviche. Created in 2016, the company has already grown to 37 stores across the Midwest and East Coast. With a set-up similar to Chipotle, if you “build your own” you move thru the line specifying what you would like for a “base” (salad or three different types of rice), choose your protein (chicken, shrimp, ahi, salmon, vegetarian, and then select from myriad toppings and sauces. They have a number of pre-set combinations if you feel like the first time you want to trust their judgment as to what’s a popular approach. We did one of each. The “High TIde” included chicken, shrimp, Edamame, pineapple, green onions, carrots, avocado, corn, cucumbers and sriracha aioli. Our “build your own version” stuck with ahi, shrimp, with a salad base, and included their signature OG sauce, cukes, green onions, crispy onions, and sesame seeds.

I only have one minor suggestion for them.  Using “salad” as a base, it’s 90% iceberg lettuce, which (I understand) quite a percent of the population find disagreeable.  The restaurant could probably offer an alternative or a mix. Spinach maybe?  Butter?  That’s all.

Two bowls, around $25. It’s all tasty and very fresh. The shop is immaculate, as are the restrooms. They utilize all the familiar delivery services if you choose to go that route.  See the “build your own menu” below.  Full menu at the link.

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Duluth, MN – Hanabi Japanese Cuisine

No one would ever accuse Minnesota Burger Reporter Kawikamedia of not having a large heart, and when he recently ran across a group of unwashed homeless waifs, he couldn’t help feel sorry for them, and asked if he could take them to McDonalds. The waifs, knowing there is a sucker born every minute, collectively cried out “HANABI SASHIMI”, which Kawaki thought perhaps was the little chillun’s native language, but no, in fact, they were asking to be taken to Hanabi Japanese Cuisine, a small downtown restaurant.

Back in prehistoric times, when yours truly lived in Duluth, sashimi would have been mistaken by most local denizens for bait, but now, this burgeoning urbanopolis has not one, but two places to enjoy this Japanese delicacy.

The party enjoyed a round of tempura shrimp and vegetables, before launching into round after round of raw fish, eating until they were properly satiated.

As you will be, too, if you are planning on dining in the Duluth, and eschewing the local seafood scene for something more exotic!

Hanabi menu is online, and offers a wide range of Japanese and other Asian cuisines, as well as sushi and sashimi.


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