Ever since Beach Cities Donuts closed, I closely watched the space it occupied in hopes that a cool restaurant would take it’s place. Brown paper covered the windows and magically, overnight, a sign appeared – Jus’ Poke – and there were already customers inside!
The name intrigued me: Jus’ Poke. How can a place survive just by selling poke?
After they opened for lunch, I stopped by. I was astonished to see a line going out the door as I walked up to their establishment. There was definitely a good buzz among the people there.
The name, Jus’ Poke reflects the simplicity of their menu. Poke is the main course and there are six different varieties to choose from:
- Cali Roll
Then you get to choose two sides to go along with your poke.
- White Rice
- Brown Rice
- Spicy Edamame
- Hawaiian Chips
- Sweet Rolls
- Pickled Cucumbers
- Seaweed Salad
Jus’ Poke also offers free toppings such as sesame seeds and furikake (Japanese rice seasoning).
I ordered a large and they let me split the order with half original and half wasabi. I also ordered seaweed salad and paid an additional $1 for their pickled cucumbers.
The marinade for the original was pretty good, but I really liked the wasabi poke. The wasabi poke is made with wasabi creme, green onions and finely sliced serrano peppers. It had a nice amount of heat; but not so much that it would cause me to order an additional beverage.
The coconut pineapple ice cream was a nice surprise. Given the Hawaiian theme, I thought that it would be loaded with coconut and I was pleasantly surprised that the coconut taste was mild. Small chunks of pineapple were mixed in the ice cream.
Given their reasonable price of $9.50 for a regular combo and $14 for a large combo, Jus’ Poke will become one of my regular eating establishments.
- Jus’ Poke