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Aug 13, 2007 05:14 PM

best poke in honolulu

My wife and I eat poke constantly when in honolulu, and we always enjoy Star Markets selection--good, fresh, and reasonable. Does anyone have personal favorites or other suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Not sure this qualifies, but I love the kim chee shrimp at the Beretania Street Foodland.

    1. Yama's in Moiliili, Tamashiro's in Kapalama and Tanioka's in Waipahu are three that come to mind that are popular with locals.

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      1. re: curiousgeo

        We've tried Tamashiro's and it was very good too. Like most places in Honolulu, you'd drive right by it if you didn't know about it. Quite a typical "hole in the wall" on Oahu!

      2. Ruger Market down the street from Diamond Head Theatre used to be very well known for their poke (alohea street?). Most of the foodland's have good poke as well. Some people like the poke at the ward "farmer's market", some don't. the posts above are right on the mark as well.

        I remember many years ago had parents of friends visiting the island, so we did the circle island tour. We stopped in foodland at Sunset Beach to grab a quick snack... don't remember what they got, but i picked up some tako poke. They kept staring at it and finally Mrs. Tourist said... well, I'm always telling my kids to try things... that was the last bite of poke I got. We had to go back to foodland to try at least three other types. They went home a week later loving poke, sushi, sashimi... much to the amusement of my friends.

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        1. re: KaimukiMan

          I second the Ruger Market recommendation. I especially like their tako poke. Also, Yama's has good poke and hawaiian food.

        2. My two faves are Tamashiro's (they usually have 'o'io, a favorite of mine) and Tamura's in Kaimuki (any of the ahi pokes, and a killer jalapeno pipikaula). I've also heard great things about the Poke Stop [] in Waipahu but haven't made it out there.

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          1. re: alan_maona

            I also hear great things about Poke Stop. I attempted to make it out there in June by bus, but, between the excrutiatingly long route of the 42 (it stops everywhere!), and bad advice from a fellow passenger causing me to get off at the wrong stop, to continue on would have cut it too close to dinner, when I was meeting up with my cousins. So, I turned around and headed back to Honolulu.

            But come Labor Day week, I will make it out there!

            1. re: Debbie M

              Yeah, thats a long way out there by bus!
              Poke Stop
              94-050 Farrington Highway E4
              Waipahu, HI 96797

          2. I always go to the fish market next to Marukai across from Ward Warehouse-you can also get good selection of other local foods.