• Aloha Poke Expands Across the Country

     
    POSTED August 20, 2017
     

Chicago's Aloha Poke Co. has announced new locations in Wisconsin (Milwaukee), Minnesota (Minneapolis), Southern California (Marina Del Rey, Costa Mesa, San Diego and Los Angeles), three locations in Miami and one in Washington D.C. Since its opening in March 2016 in the Chicago French Market, has expanded around Illinois, and plans to open in Denver were made earlier this year.

“Los Angeles is actually where we first got the inspiration to bring poké to Chicago, so to be opening multiple West Coast locations is incredibly exciting. It feels very full circle,” says Zach Friedlander, co-founder.

The menu at Aloha Poke Co. includes build-your-own-style poke bowls, or the choice of House Creations Crunch, Volcano or Aloha. With the build-your-own-style, bases include mixed greens or rice. Salmon, tofu, and sashimi-trade tuna are either marinated or "naked", available as the second layer. Unlimited toppings include pineapple, cucumber, ginger, edamame, avocado, In addition to other vegetables and seasonings. Sauce options include Spicy Aioli, Yuzu Ranch, and Sesame Vinaigrette.

“We are so excited that poké has swept the country in such a huge way, and we’re confident that it’s more than just a trend – that people have fully integrated poké bowls into their weekly eating habits," says Zach Friedlander, co-founder. "We believe that Aloha Poké Co.’s bowls are really unique, so we’re looking forward to bringing our product to so many markets and giving people more option."

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