Best Spots to Grab Poke in Boston 2017

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The art of perfecting the Hawaiian specialty known as poke has become a haute trend here in Boston. From fast-casual dining concepts popping up all around town to Pacific island inspired dishes at well known restaurants, here’s a look at five of the best restaurants to try this West Coast specialty dish.

1 Banyan Bar + Refuge

Banyan Bar + Refuge
South End residents know where to go to get their poke fix. Banyan Bar + Refuge is best known for its spiced up salmon poke topped with kombu, sorrel, cucumber and pickled red onion heated up with a dash of house hot sauce. The protein-packed specialty dish at this modern Asian gastropub is listed under the "shared" section, but it's so good you won't want to relinquish those delicious bites of this Hawaiian raw fish salad.
553 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116

2 Legal Fish Bowl

Brian Samuels
We all know the motto of Legal Sea Foods by heart (if it isn't fresh, it's isn't Legal), so it is really no surprise that they recently introduced a fast-casual build-your-own bowl concept called Legal Fish Bowl. The Kendall Square location’s private dining room was recently converted to make way for this haute spot that offers six signature bowls, as well as an option to create your own. We recommend the Salmon Poke-Manna from Heaven filled with sesame ginger salmon poke, brown rice, avocado, marinated cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, rainbow carrots, scallions as well as spiced seeds and nuts with a sesame ginger vinaigrette and finished with a Korean red chili sauce.

3 Poke City

Poke City
Located near Porter Square in Cambridge, Poke City is the newest addition to the fast-casual concept to arrive in Cambridge. This popular spot opened earlier this year and has quickly become a go-to for scoops of raw tuna and salmon served by the bowl. Start by choosing your base - brown or white rice, lettuce or zucchini noodles - then choose a protein or a combination of tuna and salmon. Next up, the bowl is then topped off with seaweed salad, mango and tobiko that can be further enhanced with the addition of shiitake mushrooms, edamame, pineapple, corn, scallions, fried onions, cucumbers, even a boiled egg.
1722 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02138

4 Love Art Sushi

Love Art Sushi
You may not expect to find a made-to-order poke spot near Berklee College of Music, but Love Art Sushi takes poke to a new level. Pick your base (sushi rice or salad greens) then choose some healthy add-ins that include everything from bean sprouts, corn and cucumber to beets, Mandarin oranges, sushi ginger. Next up, decide which poke you prefer (kimchi tuna poke, Shoyu ahi poke or rainbow salmon poke). Drizzle it with creamy garlic, house ponzu or passionfruit miso and finish it off with the addition of some crispy noodles, seaweed salad and avocado paired up with a bottomless bubble tea and this might be your new haute spot to cool down this summer.
1 Haviland Street Boston, MA 02115

5 Manoa Poke Shop

Manoa Poke Shop
Say Aloha to Manoa. If you aren't familiar with this poke favorite located near Davis Square, it's all about fresh ingredients. We love the salmon poke in a sesame soy marinade served with pickled onions, scallions and crispy wontons. There is every kind of poke imaginable here - think Kilauea (spicy tuna in kimchi aioli with house-made furikake; and Kelaguen the raw catch of the day in coconut milk with citrus marinade with crispy rice. It's all served up in 'lil bowls (one scoop), regular size with two scoops and big bowls with three scoops.
300 Beacon Street Somerville, MA 02143
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