After a moderate hike at Almaden Quicksilver County Park one weekend, my sister introduced me to Poki Bowl:
Poki Bowl is designed exactly like Pokinometry in SoCal. Similar to a Chipotle, but with poke, you move down the counter, watching staff add whatever you want in your bowl assembly line style:
Step 1 - Choose what bowl size you want. A regular is $9.50 and a large is $10.95.
Step 1.5 - Choose what you want as your base. Your options include sushi rice, brown rice, and green salad.
Step 2 - Choose what poke you want. A regular lets you have three scoops, while a large lets you have four. You can choose from spicy tuna, salmon, octopus, shrimp, tuna, and yellow tail:
Step 3 - Pick what kind of sauce you want. There's not spicy, mild, and spicy.
Step 4 - Pick your toppings. If you go for some of everything, you'll get avocado, crab meat, green onions, masago eggs, seaweed mix, sesame seeds, wasabi, and ginger.
I decided on a large bowl of half sushi rice and half salad:
There's only a couple tables outside, so if you can't table a spot, you may have to take your poke to go or eat in your car.
What's great about Poki Bowl is that it's fresh and light, yet filling at the same time. Perfect for a post-hike meal. Makes you feel like you didn't sweat for nothing.
After trying Pokinometry in SoCal, we'd been bemoaning the lack of poke places in the Bay Area. Looks like that's no longer true. With Poki Bowl in South San Jose and Poki House scheduled to open sometime soon in North San Jose (right by my house as a matter of fact), I have all the poke I need.
4750 Almaden Expy
San Jose, CA 95118