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Aloha Poke – Build-your-own poke bowl

My life was forever changed the day the first Aloha Poke opened up in the city. As a [self-appointed] sushi savant, I was ecstatic to have an option that was not only quick and convenient, but tastefully mind-blowing as well.

As a poke pro (again, self-appointed), I order either the Big size bowl with seared ahi tuna or a Kahuna-size vegetarian bowl – both with a base mix of brown rice and mixed greens. The fact that I am not a vegetarian and love raw fish should speak to the deliciousness of the add-in ingredients offered – with a list of 12 add-in options, I’m able to create a unique bowl each time I order.

With all of the ingredients to choose from, Aloha’s “build your own” poke bowl approach may seem like an easy gateway to an unhealthy meal; however, the majority of the add-ins are low-calorie vegetables and, as for the sauces, the menu offers calorie information for each of the options offered. The first time I noticed the numbers on the menu board, I quickly averted my eyes, knowing that seeing the calories in my favorite sauce would be a deep cut; however, I fell more in love with the restaurant after I got the courage to look and saw that my go-to sauce was in no way a detriment to my caloric intake, making my dream of eating an endless supply of Aloha poke for the rest of my life more of a possibility.

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Details about this spot



818 West Fullerton Parkway, Chicago

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Opening Times

10:00 - 22:00 daily


Big poke bowl: USD 9.50


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)