Say Aloha to the First Hawaiian Restaurant in Austin
Poke (POH-kay), composed of seasoned raw fish cubes, has been served in traditional Hawaiian cuisine for centuries. Poke is the Hawaiian verb for “to slice or cut.” I have traveled to Hawaii several times, and my first name is Hawaiian, but I had never been introduced to this fascinating preparation until now — in Austin.
Nestled inside a shopping center, between a French-Asian bakery and a karaoke bar, is Ola Poke, a mom-and-pop establishment that is the city’s first Hawaiian poke, sushi, and grill eatery.
The restaurant is set up cafeteria-style, so guests can point at ingredients and build their own poke bowl, choosing from a variety of fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables as well as house-made sauces. Other items on the menu include hibachi steak, Korean BBQ bowl, famous Asian fried chicken, and other fusion Asian dishes.
One specialty, My Fresh Bowl, features layers of s
There are usually long lines during peak hours, but it is most definitely worth the wait. If you are looking for a healthy, light, and delicious meal, head over to North Lamar Boulevard to taste your next obsession.