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Where to Eat Poke in Philly

It’s easy to find versions of the Hawaiian dish in Philadelphia

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Poke — the healthy-leaning Hawaiian raw fish bowl — was pinned as the big food trend for 2016. And while Philadelphia wasn’t spared from the marinated ahi tuna craze, by late summer the city only had two stores with a primary focus on the fish dish. Two years later, Philly has enough poke to feed everyone in Center City, with more options on the way: Abunai Poke is opening in the upcoming Bourse Marketplace and a multitude of Pokeworks are also setting up shop. For now, here’s where to pick up poke (say it: poh-kay) in Philly.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. PokeOno

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59 West Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003
(484) 413-2058
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This Main Line poke slinger was started by a longtime surfer who wanted to bring the dish over from Hawaii. It doesn’t go as wild with the toppings, but there are a few interesting kicks available, from wasabi peas to citrus ponzu dressing.

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2. Engimono Poke & Deli

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2319 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 454-6669
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As the name suggests, Engimono Poke & Deli near the Art Museum sells an odd mix of Hawaiian fish bowls and deli sandwiches. But don’t be deterred: Owner Albert Zheng has a solid sushi background.

3. Poi Dog

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100.5 South 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 279-7015
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Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca turned their Hawaiian food truck into a fast-casual Hawaiian restaurant, keeping the truck favorites and adding a handful of other options. For vegans, there’s a poke bowl with small-batch tofu, alaea salt, Hawaiian ogo, sesame, and green onion.

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4. The Pokespot

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1804 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 541-2183
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Pokespot opened its first location outside of New York here in Philly, with all of the usual options plus something a little different. The shop’s avocado boat is half an avocado turned into an edible poke bowl, with the fish and toppings tucked right inside.

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5. Hai Street Kitchen (multiple locations)

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3719, 32 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 964-9465
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From two Center City locations and one in the King of Prussia mall, Hai Street offers poke in bowls, salads, and burritos. Along with the traditional fish, chicken and crab are options.

6. Wiki Poke

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44 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 665-8725
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This new addition to the poke scene serves the Rittenhouse crowd from a small shop on 17th Street. The menu here ranges from traditional options to a nacho bowl with ahi tuna, onion, cucumber, avocado, mango, cabbage, and masago on a bed of tortilla chips.

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7. Philly Poke

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1016 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 930-3674
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Inside the Chinatown Square food hall, Philly Poke serves its namesake dish along with sushi and Hawaiian specialties like Spam musubi.

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8. Oishii Poke

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938 Arch St. 1st FL Rear
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 909-8358
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With a beefed-up (although not entirely Hawaiian) selection of what most poke stores label “proteins” (i.e. meat and meat substitutes), Oishii’s options include eel, chicken, crab, and boiled shrimp, beyond the classic ahi tuna. They also do “poke burritos,” although they’re closer in form to a very large sushi roll.

9. Red Poke Express

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135 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 923-0800
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While most poke places on this list embrace the build-your-own structure, Red Poke Express offers that as an option but also has 11 set bowls, like the Fire with salmon, shrimp, mango, kani salad, tempura crisps, and spicy mayo. Tofu and vegetable bowls are available too, along with burritos with sushi-style fillings.

10. Cheu Fishtown

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1416 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 758-2269

While poke is far from the focus here, this Fishtown hotspot does keep a seasonal poke bowl on the menu, currently with salmon, peaches, cucumber, and avocado.

cheu Hillary Messman

1. PokeOno

59 West Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

This Main Line poke slinger was started by a longtime surfer who wanted to bring the dish over from Hawaii. It doesn’t go as wild with the toppings, but there are a few interesting kicks available, from wasabi peas to citrus ponzu dressing.

59 West Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003

2. Engimono Poke & Deli

2319 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

As the name suggests, Engimono Poke & Deli near the Art Museum sells an odd mix of Hawaiian fish bowls and deli sandwiches. But don’t be deterred: Owner Albert Zheng has a solid sushi background.

2319 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

3. Poi Dog

100.5 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Poi Dog Jen Woodruff for Caviar

Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca turned their Hawaiian food truck into a fast-casual Hawaiian restaurant, keeping the truck favorites and adding a handful of other options. For vegans, there’s a poke bowl with small-batch tofu, alaea salt, Hawaiian ogo, sesame, and green onion.

100.5 South 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. The Pokespot

1804 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Pokespot [official photo]

Pokespot opened its first location outside of New York here in Philly, with all of the usual options plus something a little different. The shop’s avocado boat is half an avocado turned into an edible poke bowl, with the fish and toppings tucked right inside.

1804 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. Hai Street Kitchen (multiple locations)

3719, 32 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

From two Center City locations and one in the King of Prussia mall, Hai Street offers poke in bowls, salads, and burritos. Along with the traditional fish, chicken and crab are options.

3719, 32 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Wiki Poke

44 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Wiki Poke [official photo]

This new addition to the poke scene serves the Rittenhouse crowd from a small shop on 17th Street. The menu here ranges from traditional options to a nacho bowl with ahi tuna, onion, cucumber, avocado, mango, cabbage, and masago on a bed of tortilla chips.

44 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Philly Poke

1016 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Inside the Chinatown Square food hall, Philly Poke serves its namesake dish along with sushi and Hawaiian specialties like Spam musubi.

1016 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

8. Oishii Poke

938 Arch St. 1st FL Rear, Philadelphia, PA 19107

With a beefed-up (although not entirely Hawaiian) selection of what most poke stores label “proteins” (i.e. meat and meat substitutes), Oishii’s options include eel, chicken, crab, and boiled shrimp, beyond the classic ahi tuna. They also do “poke burritos,” although they’re closer in form to a very large sushi roll.

938 Arch St. 1st FL Rear
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. Red Poke Express

135 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

While most poke places on this list embrace the build-your-own structure, Red Poke Express offers that as an option but also has 11 set bowls, like the Fire with salmon, shrimp, mango, kani salad, tempura crisps, and spicy mayo. Tofu and vegetable bowls are available too, along with burritos with sushi-style fillings.

135 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

10. Cheu Fishtown

1416 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
cheu Hillary Messman

While poke is far from the focus here, this Fishtown hotspot does keep a seasonal poke bowl on the menu, currently with salmon, peaches, cucumber, and avocado.

1416 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

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