The Redondo Beach lunch hour crowd flocks to Jus’ Poke’s glistening fish-lined deli case as if marinated poke is a vital nutrient to carry out the workday (it very well could be). You’ll want to come hungry. Score generous portions of original (traditional marinade), spicy, shoyu, wasabi or California roll poke (cucumber, tobiko, avocado and imitation crab) with rice and a side. But more than the perfect combination of buttery fish and crunchy onion, the translucent deli case is home to equally palatable sides included with each bowl. Choose from spicy edamame, seaweed salad, pickled cucumbers, Hawaiian chips and more for the ultimate complementary bite to your fishing expedition. Seal the mouthwatering deal with a classic scoop of coconut and pineapple or green tea ice cream.
From the array of toppings to the differing sizes, to the freshness of the fish, it can be difficult to distinguish a great poke place from one that's below average. In fact, it's almost as hard as picking your favorite sushi spot. But one thing's always certain: whether you're looking for traditional Hawaiian poke or a build-your-own SoCal hybrid, there's never a lack of great seafood options to choose from. Because poke involves a ton of decision making already, we thought we'd take one decision out of the equation: where to go the next time you're craving lightly marinated raw fish over rice (or salad, if that's more your speed). Below are the absolute best restaurants to eat poke of just about every variety.