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Dec 2, 2010 10:49 AM

Ono's Poke---favorite Poke hands down!

We loved loved Ono's Poke when we were in Hawaii and went at least 3-4 times during our 8 day stay there!

I love that you could mix half and half as well on the orders and get lets say half shoyu poke and half spicy (mayo) poke or even tako (they have it as an option) for $6 USD and a can of soda!!!

It's loaded with delicious fresh and perfectly seasoned Ahi on top of a bed or steaming white rice!!

We still dream about it from Boston and drool each time we think about Ono's Poke hehe

Here's some pics of our visit...

You can't eat there though since there's no sitting, but we happily ate in the car or took it back to our hotel!

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  1. Thank you for the review. Have not dined there.

    Though not a real poke fan (had many, many variations, by some top chefs, but have been left wanting), we had one at Chef Mavro's last week, and we were blown completely away.

    Alan Wong had an interesting take on poke with his "poke-pine," which was duo of poke, with one in a sculpted egg roll wrapper. It was very good also, but not up to the one from Chef Mavro's.

    Again, mahalo,


    Alan Wong's Restaurant
    1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

    Chef Mavro restaurant
    1969 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826

    2 Replies
    1. re: Bill Hunt

      hi again! hmm may check out Mavro and Alan Wong on our next visit back...

      do you live in Hawaii? i wish i was there right now amidst the 22 degree weather here in boston! eek@

      Alan Wong's Restaurant
      1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

      1. re: Bill Hunt

        Bill, "poke pine" sounds like an old Sam Choy Diamond Head appetizer along with "poke patties." (Wonder if any of these were inspiration for *crabby patties* on Sponge Bob.)

      2. @coweepooh,

        While we aren't poke fans, I would like to give you a thumbs up on the use of the word "favorite" your header. I wish more Hounders would use "favorite" instead of "best". No one can argue with you about it being your favorite. Best, on the other hand, can turn into some really ugly arguments complete with insults, put downs, and general nastiness. Thanks!

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        1. re: ladybugthepug

          haha thanks for this response actually--i have definitely been guilty of using "best" in the past when asking others for the "best" in their city...but now i may start asking for people's favorites hehe :)

            1. re: Joebob

              nooo, are they super yummy too? may add them to the list next time we go back

              1. re: coweepooh

                Even more popular than their low, low liquor prices!

        2. Our favorite spot/s for poke are Tamashiro's Market on North King in Honolulu and Poke Stop in Waipahu and Mililani. Tamashiro's is a landmark local spot for fish, fresh vegetables, poke and often many live seafood items. A must-see for foodies. They often have up to four or five grades of fresh local ahi, but won't usually cut it up into sashimi blocks for you -- just a slab of whichever grade you want. Parking can be a challenge, but can't miss the big crab on the roof.

          Poke Stop in Waipahu is out of the way, unless you're staying in Ko Olina, but the one in Mililani is right off the H1 (near a McDonalds, Mililani Mauka exit) and a good place to stop for lunch en route to the North Shore, or a snack on the way back.

          Both sell it by the quarter pound and have numerous types; Poke Stop even had hamachi poke last Fall, as fresh as I've had at any sushi bar regardless of cost. Chef Elmer Guzman and his wife personally run both spots and the service is excellent. I see by their website that they now also carry fresh local the past he'd only have ahi or hamachi for sashimi if the quality was good and the price affordable for his local customers -- no tourist pricing here.

          Tamashiro Market
          802 North King Street
          Honolulu, HI 96817
          (808) 841-8047

          1. Fresh Catch is one of my favorites-across the street from City Mill on Waialae run by a former St. Louis guy (go Crusaders!). They also have delicious side dishes like oxtail soup, pipikaula etc which you can get to eat along with your poke (several variations). Another fave of mine is the fish counter at Marukai (Ward Warehouse area) -always fresh. If you are shopping at Ala Moana shopping center and get a craving for poke and or sashimi-there is a little refrigerator case upstairs Shirokiya tht stocks what I think is the freshest fish around on a daily basis. Don't have the sources name but they usually arrive by 10 am to stock and it runs out fast!

            1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814