New quick-service poke spot Lei’d debuted in Tysons Corner this month, going head to head with the slew of new poke entrants across the D.C. area. The latest contributor to the raw fish craze comes from the owners of peel-and-eat seafood chain Chasin’ Tails and gourmet drink shop, Teas ‘N You.
In addition to dishing out the now-ubiquitous BYO bowls and salads — featuring tuna, salmon, shrimp, scallops, or tofu — Lei’d also heaps its raw ingredients atop nachos.
The restaurant functions much like a Chipotle, with diners picking a base (rice or salad), proteins (salmon, tuna, shrimp, and tofu) and sauces and toppings.
Read on to hear what the public is saying, just a few weeks in:
The Lengthy Line News: Facebook user Samantha Bear says, “If you get there and it's a long line, wait in it. It moves fast and the food is worth it.” Yelper Samantha B. says, “When we arrived the line was wrapped around the restaurant and went all the way down the bathroom hall.” [Facebook, Yelp]
The NoVa News: Twitter user @The_Tonian says, “Poke bowls by my office? Take all my money please.” Yelper Henry L. calls it “a good poke place in the Tysons/Vienna area (instead of making the trek out to DC for good poke or Annandale for average poke).” [Twitter, Yelp]
The Options for Days News: Facebook user Joel Goldstein appreciates the endless possibilities. “Just finished my first bowl and cannot wait to return for another. So many options for the base, protein, and toppings,” he says. Yelper Sean L. enjoys custom tailoring each meal. “I believe I added seaweed, jalapenos, and furikake to my bowl,” he says. [Facebook, Yelp]
The Suggestions Box News: Yelper Lilian K. declares the building blocks “very limited between tuna and salmon, and non-traditional ‘protein’ items of tofu and cooked shrimp. Consider adding options like octopus (he'e poke), yellowtail and maybe scallops (raw, please).” Facebooker Shaun Dylan says, “I think edamame would be cool to have but no complaints about this place its spot on.” Yelper Emily M. thinks “toppings are basic and portions are economical.” [Yelp, Facebook]
The Authentic AF News: Yelper L.C. says, “As a Hawaiian I was cautiously optimistic about trying this place last weekend. It was EXCELLENT, really fresh fish, loved how customizable the bowls were, also that they had guava juice. Will be back!” Yelper Jim. U. says, “the poke was amazing as I remembered from my vacation in Hawaii.” [Yelp]
The Staff Game on Point News: Yelper Samantha B. says, “The staff were friendly, service was quick and my poke bowl was delicious.” Yelper Sandy T. says, “Staff was very helpful the entire way down the assembly line. They explained everything for the beginners and even let them sample.” [Yelp]
The Got Lei’d News: Instagrammer @fashionpeutic says, “Got Lei'd? Tried a new Hawaiian poke spot today in the #DMV area and it was super fresh and tasty! This is the perfect combo tea and poke.” Instagrammer @ps.thehungrytravelers posted a pic of his bowl, captioned “gettin' Lei'd.” Yelper Ana T. “Finally got Lei'd this week, lol. All around great experience!” [Instagram, Yelp]