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Pokeworks Debuts Second Houston Location

A new destination for raw fish bowls has arrived in Montrose

Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

NYC-based chain Pokeworks has decided that Houston doesn’t quite have enough poke restaurants yet, so they’ve opened yet another spot for raw fish bowls.

The new outpost at 2055 Westheimer Road made its debut this week and is now serving bowls designed by Chef Sheldon Simeon, a Top Chef alum and Hawaiian chef who knows his way around the dish. This marks Pokeworks second location in Houston, joining an outpost in the Heights, but it won’t be the last. According to a press release, Pokeworks has plans to open a third Houston-area location in Katy sometime this summer.

Between homegrown shops and imports from other cities, Houston is very near reaching the poke saturation point. The onslaught is even spilling over out into the suburbs, with the forthcoming Katy Asian Town development getting a poke shop soon, joining plenty of already-open shops. It’s bizarre to think that it was only about a year ago that Ono Poke opened, bringing Houston’s very first dedicated poke shop to the area.

Pokeworks will host its grand opening festivities on Saturday, April 7. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.