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May 24, 2010 05:51 AM

Poke In LA?

Would like to find a place to have some Poke when in LA. Any thoughts would be great ...will be staying in the Buena Park area but will be all around the area.

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  1. The quickest easiest-to-access source I've found around LA is Bristol Farms. Their ahi poke is pretty good.

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      Agree with Bristol Farms. They make a spicy version and a not so spicy one with mango.
      But unfortunately there is not a location near Buena Park, the closest is Newport or Long
      Beach. Sorry.

    2. Places like Musha in Torrance and Santa Monica normally have it. The Japanese market Marukai in Gardena usually has it for sale. Roy's (various locations in and around Los Angeles) has it as an appetizer normally. Some of the Hawaiian plate lunch places like Bruddah's or Loft at Lahina and others will probably have it.

      All that said you are probably going to be missing a bet by not looking for good cerviche instead. Much more a SoCal type of thing and you can find excellent versions at Tacos Baja Ensenada or Tacos Nazo or Mariscos Puerto Esperanzo or Mariscos Chente or even at some of the great Peruvian places like Puro Sabor or Mo Chica.

      Tacos Baja Ensenada
      5385 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

      1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

      1033 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

      424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Marukai Pacific Market
      1620 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

      Roy's Restaurant
      800 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

      Puro Sabor
      6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

      Tacos Baja Ensenada
      385 W Whittier Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640

      El Taco Nazo
      9516 Garvey Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733

      Mariscos Chente
      4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

      3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

      Mariscos Chente
      10820 Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

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      1. re: Servorg

        Sorry for not noticing that the Loft at Lahaina was listed as closed when I stuck it in with the other recommendations.

        1. re: Servorg

          Great call! One can definitely find poke in LA, but in no way is it something that LA excels at. But ceviche on the other hand...there are so many amazing versions of ceviche in this town that you can spend an entire trip sampling ceviche. Here's a great piece that Noah wrote last summer for Squid Ink on the subject:

      2. I had some this weekend at Honda-ya. There are four locations: City of Industry, Tustin, little Tokyo and Fountain Valley (as Kappo Honda).

        1. Halfway decent poke can be found anywhere Hawaii people go for local food especially in the south bay area. Just because it's made from raw fish doesn't mean that it's poke. The most common poke is made from "cubed" ahi or yellowfin tuna but poke can be made from other ingredients like octopus, surimi (imitation crab), or any other types of seafood. Cherrystone Grotto has it as a side dish order just like Happa's and Bruddah's in Gardena. You can buy it to go at Marukai in small containers located in the refrigerated section. Good authentic poke contains limu (seaweed) and several other Hawaii ingredients one cannot obtain here on the mainland. A few places will substitute dark sesame oil instead of inamona which is roasted candlenut along with green onions and red chili peppers.

          1033 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

          Happa Restaurant
          1641 W Redondo Beach Blvd Ste 8, Gardena, CA 90247

          1. Fish King in Glendale has it from time to time.