Best Of 2018

Best Hawaiian-Inspired Instagrammable Bowl: Poke Hut Fish & Tea Bar

Best Hawaiian-Inspired Instagrammable Bowl
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Hailey Bollinger

After opening in November, Poke Hut Fish & Tea Bar brought a much-needed poke presence to the city. Serving variations of proteins, sauces and toppings in both bowls and “Pokirritos,” Poke Hut lets customers tap into their creative side when crafting an ideal poke dish. There’s a smattering of raw fish favorites (spicy tuna, scallops, salmon) in addition to cooked chicken, pork, beef and shrimp, with tofu and veggies for vegetarians. Start with a base for your bowl or burrito, like sushi rice or zucchini noodles, then add a protein, pick a sauce (sweet miso, spicy yuzu, shoyu sesame, etc.) and top it with items ranging from radish and pineapple to hot Cheetos and masago. “In its most traditional form, poke is just fish, usually tuna, simply marinated in scallions, onions and soy sauce, served over a bed of rice,” says co-owner Sally Lin. “The way we’re doing it is more of a fusion poke, similar to what you see in California.” For a full build-your-own experience, you can also customize your milk tea with flavors like rose, jasmine and taro and toppings from chia seeds and boba to red bean. Poke Hut Fish & Tea Bar, 1509 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, pokehutusa.com.