7 Places to Score Poke Bowls in San Francisco

Green juices. Bone broth. Cupping. Forest bathing (no comment). Infrared saunas (more to come on that). And … poke bowls.

Are poke bowls the latest everyone’s-doing-it-because-Gwyneth’s-doing-it craze in the health world? Yes. Do I care? No. Because they’re SO FREAKING GOOD. Brown rice, lettuce, raw fish, avocado, all mixed up with a plethora of toppings and a healthy dose of spicy sauce … sorry, had to wipe away the drool. Seriously though, how can something guilt-free taste so insanely amazing?!

The truth is, we may never know. But what we DO know is that since poke is the trend du jour, there are happily more than a few places to get your fix in the city. So get out there before this fad goes the way of Brangelina. (Too soon? Nope because #TeamJen.) Here’s where to get ’em, and the best nearby spots to chow down al fresco.

Bamboo Asia (FiDi): I come here every chance I get for a delish workday lunch. Head to the Japanese station, get the salmon and ahi tuna with a mix of salad and brown rice, load on the avocado, and get it to go. (The custom rolls are also YUM). Enjoy it on: the Crocker Galleria rooftop

Blue Hawaii Acai Cafe (FiDi): This nondescript spot in Embarcadero Center offers tons of refreshing acai bowls … and one poke bowl, served over brown rice with an option for gluten-free sauce. Come early – they’re known to sell out by noon. Enjoy it in: Justin Herman Plaza

PokeBar (Mid-Market): Customize your own poke bowl in the Twitter building with proteins that include shrimp, octopus and scallops and creative add-ins like crispy onions and pineapple. Enjoy it in: Civic Center Plaza

Poke Delish (Castro): Stop into the Myriad food hall, grab a fresh bevvie from the nearby Raw Juice Co., and go for a large bowl full of goodness.  Tip: ask for a sample if you want to try something before you buy. Enjoy it in: Duboce Park

Poke Kana (Outer Sunset): Although this little shop is in a sad Park Merced strip mall, it’s bright and clean, and it’s easy to order: you check off your base, fish, and toppings on a paper menu and just hand it to the staff. The rice comes on the side, so you’ll have to do a bit of mixing before you get the hell outta there and get your eat on elsewhere. Enjoy it in: Stern Grove

Poki Time (Inner Sunset): This spot is right in the 9th and Irving hood, and a great place to load up on fresh poke with tons of toppings (like fried onions, whaaaat). Don’t leave without the Hawaiian mochi for dessert. (Psst: they’re also opening a new location in the good old KFC/Taco Bell on Lombard. Which I've never been to. I swear.) Enjoy it in: Golden Gate Park

I’A Poke (Castro): Build a bowl with up to four kinds of fish and unlimited toppings, or chow down on one of their signature sushi burritos (black tiger shrimp and sun-dried tomato guacamole, anyone?). Long line but so worth the wait. Enjoy it in: Dolores Park

Sammy’s Aloha (Embarcadero): Black rice, poached eggs, kimchi, rice cake tots? A typical poke place this is not. It’s a little takeout window inside Butterfly restaurant and a welcome escape from the horrors of Pier 39. Enjoy it in: Aquatic Park

Do you have a favorite poke place I missed? Let me know in the comments! #leavenopokebehind


Posted on September 30, 2016 and filed under Food, San Francisco.