Considering the last few months of restaurant openings in Houston, one thing is clear: 2017 is going to be the year of poke in Space City. With PokéWorks, North Shore Poke. Co, Ono Poke, and a number of other restaurants in the works or already slinging the raw fish dish, it’s pretty obvious that this trend is here to stay.
Soon, a California-based concept will throw its hat into the ring. A Facebook page for Poké Bar indicates that it will open its doors on Memorial in the coming months. The Houston outpost marks Poké Bar’s first expansion into Texas, adding to sixteen locations in Georgia, Arizona, and California.
The concept is similar to most other poké restaurants — build your own bowls — but also offers one unique base. Instead of the traditional rice or salad, at Poké Bowl, you’ll be able to turn your raw fish dish into a plate of nachos piled high with tuna, scallop, or octopus (among other proteins) tossed in ponzu or sweet chili sauce and topped with a variety of accoutrements.
Eater has reached out to Poké Bar for an official opening date for the Houston location. Stay tuned for more details.