A Pedacito of Philly's Poke Burri
Founded by Seven Chan and Ken Yu in 2016, Poke Burri is one of America’s favorite Poke destinations. Poke is a Hawaiin dish that is typically served in a bowl on a bed of rice. The bowls will consist of diced raw fish or shrimp, with toppings that range from fruits and veggies to seasonings of all kinds. Hawaiin natives often base their Poke recipes on traditional Japanese Tako Poke. Both utilize similar ingredients, yet the Japanese version is mainly served with octopus.
Being a huge fan of Japanese cuisine and famous Hawaiin treats (Acai Bowls are a staple in my summer diet), I knew I had to try Poke Burri when it came to Philadelphia. I found Poke Burri quickly on Yelp- after trying to find a Poke restaurant that was within walking distance to a museum that my boyfriend and I were visiting. From the moment we stepped in, we were blown away by the extensive menu. From Poke bowls to sushi donuts to sushi pizza, this eatery had it all. My boyfriend and I were excited to dive into the unique cuisine that Poke Burri had to offer.
At Poke Burri, you can choose from one of their specialty bowls or you can create your own- with varying options for a base, protein, sauce, and toppings. The Poke is out of this world, it is so tasty and the ingredients are 100% fresh. The bowls are the perfect portion for a filling lunch or a light dinner. My favorite bowl is one that I make myself, with shrimp tempura and ginger miso sauce.
I order it every time I go to Poke Burri and I’m never disappointed. Aside from the wonderful Poke, the menu also has some incredible options that can’t be found anywhere else. For example, they are known for their sushi donuts and pizza. For around $7-8, you can try a Poke donut with classic ingredients like spicy tuna or crabmeat.
As for the Poke pizza, this is on a hidden menu that most people don’t notice right away. The sushi pizza is another fan favorite for its unique approach to a traditional sushi roll. As the name of the restaurant states, Poke burritos are also a signature item at this dwelling. If chopsticks aren’t your thing, a Poke burrito is a perfect way to get your sushi experience completely hands-on.
Another menu item that I find amazing is their signature, Tokyo Fries. The best way to describe this side dish is to think of curly fries with a Japanese spicy sauce on top. The Tokyo Fries are the perfect blend between typical American cuisine and Japanese flair. And, you can wash it all down with their addictive dragonfruit lemonade!
If you don’t live in the Philly area, don’t sweat it. Poke Burri isn’t native to the City of Brotherly Love. They started in East Atlanta, with their flagship store, and have expanded into several cities in the U.S. Some of those cities include Tampa, Raleigh, and Jacksonville. With several locations in Georgia, plus plans to open two stores in Denver and Charleston- it seems like this business is certainly thriving.
I have a huge love for Poke bowls, but I have an even bigger love for supporting hardworking business owners. Seven and Ken truly put their heart and soul into Poke Burri and turned this tiny dream into a national reality. With accolades from Forbes, The Food Network, and US Weekly, it’s safe to say that Poke Burri is taking the food industry by storm. I hope to see more from Seven and Ken in the future, but for now, I can’t wait until my next visit to Poke Burri in Philadelphia, PA.
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