Haute Top 5: The Best Poké in Chicago

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Poké is the undeniable it food of the moment. The Hawaiian import, a seafood salad made of raw, marinated fish, also happens to be a perfect summer dish: it’s light, chilled, and tropically inspired. Whether you’ve been eating poké since before it was cool or you’re looking for a spot to try it for the first time, here are the best poké in Chicago.




1 Oyster Bah

For an East Coast-inspired restaurant, Oyster Bah serves up a mean poke. The simple dish is served with two takes on poke: a king salmon version and a more traditional ahi tuna poke, both mixed with diced avocado and sesame seeds and served with a healthy basket of tortilla chips.
1962 N. Halsted St.

2 Mahalo

Mahalo's Hawaiian-inspired menu features five poke options: Traditional Poke made with seasonal Hawaiian fish, avocado, scallion and macadamia nut, along with a spicy tuna, salmon, crab and veggie versions.
1501 N. Milwaukee Ave.

3 Aloha Poke Co.

The original Poke bowl in Chicago, Aloha started out in the West Loop and has since expanded to two other locations in the city, with plans to open more stores in Lincoln Park, Gold Coast and the 'burbs, too. The fast-casual spot takes a DIY approach to Poke. You choose your base (white rice, brown rice, or mixed green), add ahi tuna, salmon or tofu, and finish it off with toppings like cucumber, avocado, pineapple and scallions.
Locations at: West Loop French Market 131 N. Clinton St., Suite, #19 The Loop Revival Food Hall 125 S. Clark St. Lakeview 843 W. Belmont Ave. Evanston 630 Davis St.

4 Sunda

Aside from it's standard lunch and dinner menus, Sunda offers an entire Poke menu featuring a selection of elaborate chef-designed poke bowls like the Sumo Poke (with sushi rice, watercress, edamame, spinach, escolar, salmon, hamachi, spicy tuna, avocado, chili soy and spicy mayo) along with the choice to build your own.
110 W. Illinois St.

5 FireFin Poke Shop

FireFin might serve up the most authentic Poke in Chicago thanks to its chef, Rodelio Aglibot, who hails from Oahu. The Poke at FireFin maintains Aglibot's take that the dish be a casual one, but his creations are inventive, too. The Classic Hawaiian is a mix of purple rice ahi tuna, Hawaiian albacore, ono sauce, cucumber, sweet onions, ginger, radishes and scallions.
1415 N. Milwaukee Ave.