The poke (pronounced POH-kay) phenomenon has finally arrived in DC! For the uninitiated, poke is a popular Hawaiian snack consisting of marinated sashimi over rice with an assortment of toppings, such as seaweed, tempura flakes, pickled ginger and edamame, plus sauce. For those familiar with chirashi, poke is basically chirashi gone wild with flavors and toppings. Poke Papa, which is fast-casual, serves up excellent poke at very reasonable prices with generous portions. If you love sushi but hate how expensive it is, try Poke Papa for a delicious and fast raw fish meal that won’t break the bank. Friendly service add to a great experience!
Poke Papa is located in Chinatown at 806 H St NW.
Abunai is a food truck that serves Hawaiian food- for location updates, check their Twitter. For the uninitiated, Hawaiian food is not pineapple chicken and mai tais (I had a Hawaiian roommate in college who was horrified by what mainlanders thought was Hawaiian food. Actual Hawaiian food includes such classics as Kalua Pig Croquettes and spam katsu musubi. I ordered the Spam Katsu Musubi with fried rice which is super delicious and frankly life-changing (probably because it’s awful for your health). It consists of fried spam and fried rice wrapped in nori like a large sushi roll. It comes with two sides Furikake Mac Salad (which is a Hawaiian-influenced macaroni salad) and Cucumber/Carrot Namasu (which is a carrot and cucumber side salad). They were tasty too, though not special like the spam katsu musubi, and at least cucumbers and carrots are vegetables, right? The staff was friendly and quick. I highly recommend Abunai for a delicious lunch featuring food that you can’t easily find elsewhere.