Getting my #PokeBowl on and man, have I been missing out!
Every week my best friend, Jackie, eats a Poke bowl and she’s SERIOUS about it. If she had it her way, it’d be a mainstay or as The Beatles sang, she’d dine on it “Eight Days A Week.”
(FYI-it’s pronounced Po-KAY)
Before she gobbles up her go-to, she sends me a “foodie” (like a selfie, but of her food.) Sorry for outing you, JK, but her commitment to the Hawaiian-inspired plate is pretty impressive. And, she’s not the only one…
Over the last year, the Poke Bowl craze, which is basically a raw fish salad, has boomed into a major food business. The thing is — not all Poke places are created equal. Enter ‘Poke + Go’ in Aventura. Not only are they in it to win it, with a clean and friendly environment, they’ve taken the healthy and convenient concept to an entirely new level.
Besides building your own bowl by choosing a base, sprinkles, protein, toppings and sauce, ‘Poke + Go’ also offers up other cool & creative culinary options like Beef Chimichurri, Spicy Tofu and Curry Chicken. There’s literally something for everyone. You don’t like raw fish, no problem. You like raw fish, you’re in the right place.
Poke, which means to slice or cut crosswise, has been around for a long time. While it’s deeply rooted in Hawaiian history, it actually dates back to its Polynesian ancestry (we’re talking 1800 BC). Surrounded by water, islanders used to prepare bowls of raw reef fish — which are usually the striped and bright colored fish you see when you snorkel. They’d mix it with seaweed to add more taste and color and salt to cure and/or preserve it (there were no fridges back in the day.) Since then, Poke has evolved A LOT and stretched waaaayy beyond seafood.
I mean, who can resist a bowl of yummy goodness that’s GOOD for you? Not me. I started Spotlight with a cry-worthy Hot Tuna Bowl made with ingredients like jalapeños, pickled ginger, spicy mayo and tuna. Although you can control your own caliente meter, I like watery or weepy eyes when I eat and this definitely delivered. Yeehaw! Lol. That’s what we say back on the ranch when things get hot & spicy.
The ‘Beef Chimichuri,’ made with skirt steak and a delicious green chimichuri sauce (which is chopped up parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano and red wine vinegar,) is perfect for the meat lover. If you’re a vegan, you’ll be happy as a clam with the ‘Tofu Teriyaki’ which comes with radish, carrots, red onions, cabbage, edamame, cilantro and white garlic sauce. I’m not big on soy products, but this was tofu-tastic.
The most popular bowl on the menu is ‘Slammin’ Salmon’ — although it’s loaded with all kinds of yummy ingredients, I think it’s the asian slaw and white garlic sauce that makes it so special. Everyone who works at ‘Poke + Go’ loves it and as my mama always says, “Everyone can’t be wrong.” Last but not least, the impressive…
‘’Poke Dokie,” which is piled a mile high with tuna poke and flavored with classic soy sauce. If it were a boy, I’d describe it as delicious and dreamy (made with cucumber, seaweed, avocado, sprouts, ginger, red onions and scallions.) It’s LOVE IN A BOWL. Hmmm…I’ll be dreaming about this beauty until I go back.
Healthy, unique and yummy: you can’t help but drool over everything made at ‘Poke + Go’ and they take it all seriously, just like Jackie. Now, I’m a convert, too #FriendsWhoPokeTogetherStayTogether and with a motto like: “We serve Poke for the People” you just know, no matter what you’re craving, ‘Poke + Go’ has got you covered and that’s why it’s one of my Favorite Things.
Check out the full menu including drinks, salads & burritos: www.eatpokego.com
Poke + Go
2451 NE 186th Street
Miami, Florida 33180
Monday – Sunday 11am-11pm