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Best Poke on Oahu? (Need nearby Waikiki and North Shore suggestions, will have car)

kmhiegel Apr 16, 2010 11:52 AM

I heard Poke Stop, but would love some other ideas particularly for the North Shore. Got some from Foodland last trip, but I know there is better Poke out there, just where????

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    UES Mayor Apr 20, 2010 06:03 AM

    i am a lover of great poke so i have tried most of them on Oahu. My favorite is Marukai market at Ward Center-always buy fresh not previously frozen poke-makes a huge difference in my opinion. Many times I order a few lbs for which they make on the spot which takes no more than 10 minutes. A close 2nd if not tied for first is Fresh Catch-acscross the street from City Mill in Kaimuki on Waialae.-great side dishes as well !

    1. flylice2x Apr 19, 2010 12:17 AM

      Here are a couple of websites fthat did poke taste tests....


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        Joebob Apr 19, 2010 01:44 AM

        #2 was the article I was thinking of. But do any of the top ones offer eggplant fries like Poke Stop?

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          manomin Apr 19, 2010 11:05 AM

          I don't think they have the eggplant fries. I was in St. Paul and there was a restaurant that served avocado fries they were outrageously good!

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          onigiri Apr 21, 2010 08:58 PM

          Alicia's Market listed on wowgrinds is my favorite. Wasabi-masago ahi poke!!

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            KaimukiMan Apr 22, 2010 02:11 PM

            except for trying to find a place to park, alicias rocks

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              onigiri Apr 23, 2010 10:26 PM

              you are so right! luckily, hubby works close by so he can walk over and bring it home for me.

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          Joebob Apr 18, 2010 06:29 PM

          I think there was a Top 10 list in one of the papers not so long ago, but I can't find it to save my soul. You might contact Nadine Kam and the other restaurant critic and ask them.

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            btcol Apr 16, 2010 11:31 PM

            Poke Stop and Tamura's are the best, do not know about Costco - but wouldn't you rather support local business rather than the megalomart that is Costco ?

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              manomin Apr 17, 2010 12:19 PM

              Actually the garlic shrimp they have are quite good. They refer to it as poke but it's just a great cold shrimp dish, someone brought it to our party a couple weeks ago. Oddly enough the Kaneohe Safeway does a good job on poke same party someone brought some from there, the edamamae they sell is good too, not as good as Roy's but pretty good.

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                flylice2x Apr 17, 2010 11:33 PM

                Don't they hire local people?
                Besides, can't get Poke and Hawaiian sun in any other Costco but in HI...
                Wish they had the local stuff where I live, especially the hawaiian sun drinks . Would be alot cheaper instead of paying $3.29 plus crv for a six pack......

                1. re: flylice2x
                  manomin Apr 18, 2010 03:13 AM

                  touche'! Agree! Nothing wrong with Costco, like I said they have a great shrimp poke.

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                  chazuke Apr 16, 2010 06:09 PM

                  Poke Stop is definitely excellent. I have also heard great and wonderful things about Ono Seafood in Kapahulu.

                  1. manomin Apr 16, 2010 02:35 PM

                    Tamura's on Waialae in Kaimuki has great poke. Also Ruger Market near Diamond Head
                    is wonderful. Fresh Catch also on Waialae is good too. Poke Stop will be featured on May 3rd on Diner's Drive In's and Dives. Their eggplant fries are really really good! I've made them at home and it's a great side item!

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