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Go Fish — Find Super-Trendy Poke at These Places in D.C.

Pokémon is everywhere--and so is the Hawaiian dish of a similar name

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What began as a Hawaiian fishermen's snack is now spreading across the D.C. area. Poke, the raw fish dish, can be found everywhere from multiple interpretations at Arlington Hawaiian restaurant Hula Girl to hand roll and bowl versions at downtown's Maki Shop. Pop-up and truck operation Abunai even offers poke made with tofu instead of tuna (D.C. saw another poke pop-up, Poke Pop D.C., in May at Prequel, too). There's also a new Northern Virginia Poké-Man food truck that couldn't have started rolling at a better time with the Pokémon craze in full effect.

The team behind Chasin' Tails also plans to do a vegetarian version in addition to traditional fish when poke goes fast-casual at Lei'd later this year. California's Honeyfish Poke also is looking to expand here.

It's said that poke was first made when fishermen in Hawaiian began mixing throw-away scraps of fish with seasonings to have as a snack. Although poke can be made with raw octopus, salmon, or even shellfish, it's usually associated with tuna now.

Today seasonings and toppings typically have a Japanese bent. Soy sauce, green onions, sesame seeds, furikake, and wasabi are common, but some D.C restaurants are getting experimental and making it with preserved lime, Macadamia nut, or toasted coconut.

— Updated by Tierney Plumb and Missy Frederick

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Abunai

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This roving food truck does a vegetarian poke with fried tofu, watercress, carrots, onions, tomato, soy ginger dressing, and rice. It's served with a side of furikake mac salad. Check their social media accounts for locations.

2. BLT Steak

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1625 I Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 689-8999
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Chef de Cuisine Marc Hennessy just freshened up the menu, and a seafood-heavy poke dish is a new addition: Big Eye Tuna Poké and Rappahannock Oysters come with avocado, chile, and lime.

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3. Bonfire

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1132 19th St., NW
Washington, D.C.

The spicy Aleppo pepper in this poke dish plays into this restaurant's fire theme. The tuna cubes are also tossed with preserved lime, rice, avocado, and fried garlic.

4. Brine

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2985 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 280-1000
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This seafood stop has a Hawaiian-style poke as a small plate that comes with roasted eggplant marinated in a soy sesame sauce. Hazelnut is also there to add texture.

5. CIRCA (all locations)

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2023 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 506-5589
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Circa's take on poke is sushi-grade tuna tossed in a ginger marinade, sitting atop three crispy pitas. The cold concoction recently hit all Circa locations for the summer.

6. Compass Rose

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1346 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 506-4765
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It's only fitting this restaurant serving global street food dishes would include something from Hawaii. Find tuna poke with sticky rice, seaweed sesame, soy among international dishes like Georgian khachupuri and German curry wurst.

7. Conosci

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465 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 629-4662
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Tuna poke is just one raw fish item highlighted at D.C.'s new crudo bar, served with chiles, furikake, cilantro, and yuzu.

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8. Crave

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7101 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 469-9600
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Poke is a shopping destination at Montgomery Mall, with a tuna poke appetizer that comes with crispy wontons for scooping.

9. Daikaya

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705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 589-1600
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The upstairs izakaya offers an interpretation of poke with basil pesto and yamaimo.

10. District Kitchen

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2606 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 238-9408
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This Woodley Park eatery just added a tuna poke bowl to its offerings.

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11. Founding Farmers

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1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 822-8783
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Poke finds its way onto this menu through a spicy ahi tuna poke salad, served with avocado, cabbage, onion, mint, basil, and peppers.

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12. Hikari Sushi & Sake Bar

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644 H Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 546-0523
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Head over to this H Street sushi spot for an eight-piece poke roll with chili powder and spicy tuna on top. The Hawaiian poke is served sashimi style.

13. Hula Girl Bar & Grill

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4044 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 998-4853
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It's practically required that a Hawaiian restaurant have poke on the menu. Hula Girl's got a few spins on the dish. The straightforward starter version includes green onion, sesame, shoyu, and chili oil. Others include the grilled tako poke (wood grilled octopus, lemon, soy, shoyu, sesame, and chili) and a poke medley (grilled octopus, lomi salmon, and ahi tuna). The ahi poke bowl is filled with sushi rice, watercress salad, kimchi, cucumbers, pickled daikon-carrots, and green onion.

14. Kizuna

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8221 Leesburg Pike
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
(703) 442-7888
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The poke appetizer at this Japanese restaurant features chopped tuna mixed with seaweed salad, ginger, sesame, soy, toasted sesame oil, scallions, and avocado. It's formed into four stacks.

15. Maki Shop

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1522 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 545-6333
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Order a poke tuna hand roll with black rice, toasted sesame oil, papaya, shiso, and kaiware sprouts at this fast-casual Japanese spot. The bowl comes packed with poke, white rice, carrots, cucumber, and radish sprouts.

16. Marble & Rye

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2501 Columbia Pike Ste 85
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 920-0706
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This new Arlington haunt has an ahi tuna poke with avocado, sauce and crackers on the appetizer menu.

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17. Ocean Blue

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21438 Epicerie Plz
Sterling, VA 20164
(571) 375-2312
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This new addition to Sterling opened with a Hawaiian poke salad on its menu.

18. Oceanaire Seafood Room

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1201 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-2277
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This upscale seafood chain does a spicy poke appetizer with crispy wontons and wasabi emulsion.

19. Poké-Man

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(703) 828-4733
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Just like in the game, track down this eponymous food truck to find a spicy mayo salmon poke bowl.

20. SEI Restaurant

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444 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.

For a lighter alternative, SEI does a poke salad with green papaya, avocado, cilantro, lime juice, toasted sesame, pickled radish, wonton chips, and crispy shallots.

21. Silver

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7150 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

Ahi tuna poke shows up on the dinner menu at this new concept from the Silver Diner folks.

22. Sticky Rice

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1224 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 397-7655
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This Asian fusion restaurant does tuna seasoned with sesame oil, ginger, garlic, scallions, tohgarashi, and soy sauce finished with toasted coconut. (The eatery can sub tamari for soy to delete wheat.) It's also served with wonton chips. UPDATE: The restaurant also just added a poke toast dish with with avocado and daikon.

23. The District Fishwife

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Union Market
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 543-2592
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These fishmongers inside Union Market do poke with a choice of either tuna or salmon. The fish is served over rice with seaweed salad, pickled ginger, carrot, soy ginger dressing, and spicy aioli.

24. The Partisan

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709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Shoyu tuna poke is a new addition to this restaurant's summer menu, accented with Vidalia onion and jicama ($14).

25. Yona

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4000 Wilson Blvd Ste C
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 465-1200
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Try chef Jonah Kim's take on poke at his Ballston restaurant. The tuna is dressed with spicy sauce, shredded lettuce, shiso, and nori. The tuna poke steamed bun comes with rice pearls, sesame seeds, tobiko, and spicy poke sauce.

26. Zento

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693 N Washington St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 566-3695
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Also get poke in Alexandria. This dish of diced tuna features soy sesame oil dressing, avocado, onions, and wasabi cream sauce.

1. Abunai

Washington, D.C.

This roving food truck does a vegetarian poke with fried tofu, watercress, carrots, onions, tomato, soy ginger dressing, and rice. It's served with a side of furikake mac salad. Check their social media accounts for locations.

2. BLT Steak

1625 I Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
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Chef de Cuisine Marc Hennessy just freshened up the menu, and a seafood-heavy poke dish is a new addition: Big Eye Tuna Poké and Rappahannock Oysters come with avocado, chile, and lime.

1625 I Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

3. Bonfire

1132 19th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

The spicy Aleppo pepper in this poke dish plays into this restaurant's fire theme. The tuna cubes are also tossed with preserved lime, rice, avocado, and fried garlic.

1132 19th St., NW
Washington, D.C.

4. Brine

2985 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031

This seafood stop has a Hawaiian-style poke as a small plate that comes with roasted eggplant marinated in a soy sesame sauce. Hazelnut is also there to add texture.

2985 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031

5. CIRCA (all locations)

2023 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

Circa's take on poke is sushi-grade tuna tossed in a ginger marinade, sitting atop three crispy pitas. The cold concoction recently hit all Circa locations for the summer.

2023 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

6. Compass Rose

1346 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

It's only fitting this restaurant serving global street food dishes would include something from Hawaii. Find tuna poke with sticky rice, seaweed sesame, soy among international dishes like Georgian khachupuri and German curry wurst.

1346 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Conosci

465 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Tuna poke is just one raw fish item highlighted at D.C.'s new crudo bar, served with chiles, furikake, cilantro, and yuzu.

465 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Crave

7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817

Poke is a shopping destination at Montgomery Mall, with a tuna poke appetizer that comes with crispy wontons for scooping.

7101 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817

9. Daikaya

705 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The upstairs izakaya offers an interpretation of poke with basil pesto and yamaimo.

705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

10. District Kitchen

2606 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
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This Woodley Park eatery just added a tuna poke bowl to its offerings.

2606 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

11. Founding Farmers

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
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Poke finds its way onto this menu through a spicy ahi tuna poke salad, served with avocado, cabbage, onion, mint, basil, and peppers.

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

12. Hikari Sushi & Sake Bar

644 H Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Head over to this H Street sushi spot for an eight-piece poke roll with chili powder and spicy tuna on top. The Hawaiian poke is served sashimi style.

644 H Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

13. Hula Girl Bar & Grill

4044 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

It's practically required that a Hawaiian restaurant have poke on the menu. Hula Girl's got a few spins on the dish. The straightforward starter version includes green onion, sesame, shoyu, and chili oil. Others include the grilled tako poke (wood grilled octopus, lemon, soy, shoyu, sesame, and chili) and a poke medley (grilled octopus, lomi salmon, and ahi tuna). The ahi poke bowl is filled with sushi rice, watercress salad, kimchi, cucumbers, pickled daikon-carrots, and green onion.

4044 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

14. Kizuna

8221 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, VA 22182

The poke appetizer at this Japanese restaurant features chopped tuna mixed with seaweed salad, ginger, sesame, soy, toasted sesame oil, scallions, and avocado. It's formed into four stacks.

8221 Leesburg Pike
Tysons Corner, VA 22182

15. Maki Shop

1522 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Order a poke tuna hand roll with black rice, toasted sesame oil, papaya, shiso, and kaiware sprouts at this fast-casual Japanese spot. The bowl comes packed with poke, white rice, carrots, cucumber, and radish sprouts.

1522 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

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16. Marble & Rye

2501 Columbia Pike Ste 85, Arlington, VA 22204
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This new Arlington haunt has an ahi tuna poke with avocado, sauce and crackers on the appetizer menu.

2501 Columbia Pike Ste 85
Arlington, VA 22204

17. Ocean Blue

21438 Epicerie Plz, Sterling, VA 20164

This new addition to Sterling opened with a Hawaiian poke salad on its menu.

21438 Epicerie Plz
Sterling, VA 20164

18. Oceanaire Seafood Room

1201 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

This upscale seafood chain does a spicy poke appetizer with crispy wontons and wasabi emulsion.

1201 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

19. Poké-Man

Herndon, VA 20170

Just like in the game, track down this eponymous food truck to find a spicy mayo salmon poke bowl.

20. SEI Restaurant

444 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.

For a lighter alternative, SEI does a poke salad with green papaya, avocado, cilantro, lime juice, toasted sesame, pickled radish, wonton chips, and crispy shallots.

444 7th St NW
Washington, D.C.

21. Silver

7150 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814