– Poke Spot in North Scottsdale –
Poke has quickly become a food phenomenon in Scottsdale and around the Valley. Hailing originally from Hawaii, this dish traditionally features cubed marinated raw tuna or octopus and is served over rice with several toppings, like sesame seeds, soy sauce, onions, wasabi and more.
In the Valley, new poke places keep opening to rave reviews. Last week, I finally got the chance to stop into Poke Spot and try out this tasty meal for myself.
Poke Spot is located in the Grayhawk Shopping Plaza on the Grayhawk Drive side, next to the former Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers, now Parma. It is an open, modern and airy space and the folks who work there are very friendly and helpful.
Diners have several choices of what direction they want to go with their poke creations as there are many choices for the bases, the “scoops,” the sauces and the toppings. When you order, you walk down the assembly line making your selections.
For the base of your poke bowl, you can choose white or brown rice, mixed greens, soba noodles (additional) or you can do a half-and-half combo, like rice and salad.
The scoops are where you add the poke or your choice of protein. Most people choose the Primo (two scoop) option and there is also the Big Kahuna that comes with three scoops. You can choose from tuna, salmon, scallops, spicy tuna, tofu, shrimp or octopus (tako.) I selected the spicy tuna and the salmon. The server then took the salmon and asked if he could add some sauce to it and walked me through the options. I chose the traditional house poke sauce and he customized the level of heat for me. My companion had the shrimp and the sesame ginger tofu. For the shrimp, he went through the same process for a sauce and she selected the creamy spicy, (which was delicious!)
There are quite a few sauces to choose from, including the house regular and house spicy, creamy spicy, sesame miso onion as well as a few others.
The final step was to choose the toppings. Again, there were a lot to choose from furikake (made from dried fish, seaweed, salt, sesame and other items), ginger, edamame, seaweed salad (additional), jalapenos, cucumbers, sprouts and much more.
From there, your poke creation is complete. For drinks, Poke Spot has a good selection of Hawaiian beverages like Aloha Maid and Wailua Hawaiian Soda. They also have a soda fountain and bottled water.
We really enjoyed our meals. They were fresh and healthy, but filling. Poke Spot is going to be my go-to spot for poke going forward.
20831 N Scottsdale Rd., Suite 115
Scottsdale, Arizona, AZ 85255
– Open Monday – Saturday 11AM – 9PM
Disclaimer: Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.