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Chicago’s Aloha Poke Heads to Union Station in 2018

It’s the growing chain’s first outpost in D.C.

A custom bowl at Aloha Poke.
Photo: Aloha Poke
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Chicago-based Aloha Poke Co. plans to open it’s first D.C. restaurant early next year inside bustling Union Station.

The budding chain sells custom bowls customers can fill with ahi tuna, salmon, tofu, fruits, vegetables, and sauces. Find the full menu here. The brand celebrates poke’s Hawaiian roots with swaying hula girl statues, neon colors, and palms lining its stores.

Co-founder Zach Friedlander has grown the raw fish restaurant from one to six locations in just under two years. Now it’s on a nationwide expansion track, with plans to land in California and Florida soon.

Aloha Poke will be up against the latest wave of poke competitors; other recent area arrivals include Honeyfish Poke downtown, Poke Papa in Chinatown, Lei’d in Tysons Corner, and rolling Abunai Poke food truck.

Union Station just got another addition that drew crazy crowds this week: Cava. Legal Seafoods is also headed to the train station, with a TBA date of arrival.