If the Instagram feeds of my friends on the mainland are any indication, Hawaii’s favorite fish preparation—poke— is enjoying its hey-day away from the Hawaiian Islands, and people can’t get enough!
More and more people are visiting Maui having gotten their taste of poke back home, and are wanting to try the “real McCoy” while they’re here. So, where are the best places to get your poke fix? Here are our picks!
We’ve mentioned this food truck before, but man, if you’re looking for tasty, freshly-caught, amazingly seasoned poke, look no further. They sell out early, because they only have what they catch, so get there ASAP when you’re having a poke craving. This Food Network-featured establishment mixes their poke fresh to order, so you’re getting a perfect batch, every time. Our favorites are the shoyu wasabi, the spicy poke, and the gluten-free!
This foodie-centric grocery store at the Lahaina Gateway center has a great, fresh poke selection, and will make you a poke bowl (fresh poke atop steamed rice) for a hearty and tasty lunch. Some unique offerings can be found here, like avocado ahi poke and sweet chili! You can also pick up the rest of what you need for a Hawaiian beach picnic lunch on your way to the shore.
While Tamura’s (with several locations across the island) does have the best libations offerings on the island, they’re also well-known for their fresh and authentic poke selection. Pick up their king crab ahi poke (when it’s available) for an out-of-this-world experience, or try the kamikaze mix for a true flavor explosion. While you’re there, stock up on their adjacent items like garlic clams, or spicy edamame. And of course, don’t leave without some craft beer from their incredible selection, or a few bottles of well-curated wine!
If you can’t go your whole stay without getting some poke, we hope we were able to steer you in the right direction!